Childhood Studies, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
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The MA Childhood Studies is an innovative, forward-looking course at the cutting-edge of Childhood Studies, centered around the 'new social study of childhood'.


The “new social study of childhood” is the focus of this innovative MA, which takes a global and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth from 0-18.

Drawing on sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, human geography and inclusive education among others, this programme will give you an understanding of the lives of children and young people in different social, cultural and educational contexts around the world. Core modules will give you a sound knowledge of concepts and approaches in the study of childhood, but you’ll also be able to choose optional modules to suit your interests and career aspirations.

It’s also taught in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Families, Lifecourse and Generations (FLaG) in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, a forum for researchers and research users which offers a wide range of seminars, workshops and training to help you expand your knowledge for a wide range of careers.

Programme Structure

  • From the beginning of the programme you’ll develop your understanding of childhood and youth through a core module focusing on academic thinking, policy and practice from a range of different perspectives. You’ll also learn more about undertaking research with children and young people, gaining the skills and knowledge to conduct research in a range of different settings.
  • If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.
Compulsory modules
  • Critical Study
  • Theorising Childhood and Youth
  • Research with Children and Young People
Optional modules
  • Directed Study in Education 1
  • Directed Study in Education 2
  • Developmental Disorders in the Early Years
  • On-screen, off-screen: children's creativity and cultures
  • Children and young people: citizenship, participation and social justice
  • EAL, language diversity and inclusion: research and theory
  • International Educational Management: Developing Leadership
  • International Educational Management: Developing Financial and Material Resources
  • International Educational Management: Effective Development of Policies and Plans for Change
  • Teaching Children with Learning Difficulties
  • Teaching Languages to Young Learners
  • Contested Bodies
  • Advanced Racism and Ethnicity Studies
  • Evaluation Research
  • From Conception to the Grave: Health in a Global Context

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
    • Average duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • The MA Childhood Studies requires a bachelor degree with 2:1 (Hons) in a relevant discipline.
  • If you are not a native speaker of English, then you will need to meet the School's English Language requirements.
  • You can either take this qualification before you begin your study or you may wish to take up the option of one of The University’s pre-sessional courses.

Tuition Fee


Our scholarships and funding include:

  • If you’re a former student of the University of Leeds you could be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary
  • Subject related academic achievement scholarships
  • Leeds Masters Scholarships for UK students worth £5,000
  • Two sports scholarships are available to support elite athletes
Postgraduate loans and bursaries

If you are a UK or EU national and plan to start a full-time, part-time or distance learning taught or research Masters degree course from September 2016 you may be able to apply for a government-backed loan of up to £10,000.

Professional and career development loans can be used to support a wide range of courses that lead to employment or enhance job skills. Find out if you’re eligible

For UK students undertaking certain health and social care courses, NHS funding may be available.

Extra financial help

You may be eligible for further support if you:

  • have a disability
  • are in financial hardship

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.