M.Sc. Child Studies

  • Blended
  • 24 months
  • EUR10400 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    Free (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
Linköping University | Linköping, Sweden
The interdisciplinary master’s programme in Child Studies provides the opportunity to study children and the varying social, cultural and material conditions of their childhoods. In a globalised world where a number of countries have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is necessary to understand and analyse how the contents of childhood and youth have shifted over time and space, and how they influenced the conditions for children.
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Online distance learning with short periods in beautiful Linköping

The Master’s Programme in Child Studies is a full-time study programme. Instruction takes place as a combination of online distance learning with the aid of digital platforms, and short on-campus periods at Linköping University. The periods on campus – three in the first year and two in the second year are mandatory. The language of instruction is English.

One or two year Master´s degree

The programme has a one year and two year options. Students who successfully complete the first two semesters are eligible to receive a Master’s Degree in Child Studies (60 credits, ECTS). Students who study the subject in more depth complete all four terms and are eligible to receive a Master’s Degree of Social Science with a major in Child Studies (120 credits, ECTS).

Career Opportunities

The programme offers students indepth knowledge for working at governmental authorities and companies as well as local organizations, both governmental and non-governmental (NGO), whose activities affect children and their living conditions. The programme also provides professionals in the fields of, for example, education, politics, social work and care, with cutting-edge knowledge in issues dealing with children and their living conditions. It also provides preparation for research related to Child and Childhood Studies. The programme is linked to the internationally renowned research unit for Child Studies, Linköping University, which consists of more than 20 researchers, including four professors and several PhD students.

Children in Context, Time and Space

In the Master’s Programme, various cultural, social and political conditions of children and the transformation of childhood are studied. These include children’s everyday life and political and cultural contexts. There is a focus on real life issues that matter in applied contexts.

Child Perspective

The programme challenges conventional views on children and childhood by applying a child perspective. The programme studies children as agents in everyday life contexts, such as family, school, welfare institutions, and migration processes. This is done with an interdisciplinary, theoretical and critical awareness of the changing meaning of childhood in a globalized world.

Theoretical and Critical

The aim of the programme is to stimulate independent, critical and reflective ways of thinking on a wide range of questions that are associated with children and childhood. It provides theoretical and methodological tools to participate in, scrutinize, develop and improve activities and organizations affecting children and their living conditions.

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Tuition fee
  • EUR 10400 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • Free (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

All others: 95,000 SEK (approx. 14,000 USD/10,400) per academic year

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode Blended
Educational variant Full-time
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance Regular mandatory meetings
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Child Studies 7,5 hp
  • Historical Perspectives on Children and Childhood 7,5 hp
  • Anthropological Perspectives on Children and Childhood 7,5 hp
  • Sociological Perspectives on Children and Childhood 7,5 hp

Semester 2

  • Research Methods in Child Studies 7,5 hp
  • Children´s Rights 7,5 hp
  • Master’s Thesis (one year) 15 hp

Semester 3

  • Children, Parents, and Family Life 7,5 hp
  • Children, Gender, and Sexuality 7,5 hp
  • Children, Migration and Transnational Childhoods 7,5 hp
  • Children, Culture and Media 7,5 hp

Semester 4

  • Research Methods and Epistemology in Child Studies 7,5 hp
  • Children’s Health and Development in a Global World 7,5 hp
  • Master’s Thesis (two year) 15 hp


Programme specific requirements

A bachelor’s degree in the humanities, social sciences or behavioral sciences with a major (or its equivalent) in a field relevant to the programme, e.g. anthropology, communication studies, education, history, language studies, media studies, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.

Each applicant must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor's essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor's essay or project, then their letter of intent should describe previous studies and any other academic activities related to the master's programme.

All supporting documents, including the letter of intent and the specific paper, should be sent to University Admissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE-833 83 Stroemsund, Sweden.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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