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Childhood Studies, MA

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Full time | Singleton Park Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Children / Youth (Social Work) Youth Studies Learning Theory

Course type


Course Summary


Studying a Master’s degree in Childhood Studies will give you the knowledge and skills to support children and their families in a range of environments.

You will develop a keen understanding of issues related to child development in contemporary society and how policy and services for children and families are planned and provided.

Throughout your studies, you will refine critical research and analytical skills valued by employers and develop professional reflective practice techniques.


Your postgraduate qualification in Childhood Studies opens up a range of career opportunities in sectors including:

  • Children and young people’s services
  • Counselling
  • Local, national and international policy development
  • Research
  • Youth and community work

We also offer supervision if you wish to continue your studies in this field at PhD level.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.


This module aims to provide students with an overview of key issues in the contemporary sociology of childhood and children. It explores what is distinctive about a sociological (rather than e.g. a biological or psychological) perspective on the period of the life course from 0-18 years. It looks at the complex place of children in society, and at dominant social perceptions of how childhood compares to adulthood. It looks at how childhood relates to factors such as the family, class, gender, ethnicity. It also looks at a series of socially contentious issues connected to childhood, including punishment, sexuality, health and education. Each of these themes and issues is tackled in a critical way, exploring competing perspectives and encouraging the student to question commonplace assumptions and take an independent stance on the issues at stake. Thus the module provides a critical understanding both of what childhood is, in social terms, and why it matters in contemporary society.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

A UK 2.2 (or above) degree in a related discipline (for example childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health), or its equivalent. Applications will be considered if you have significant relevant work experience. You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check). You may also be asked to attend an interview.

University information

Located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to the city centre, as well as to the beaches of the spectacular Gower Peninsula. Swansea has recently been named University of the Year by students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, where it was also runner-up in the Postgraduate category. It’s also recognised as a UK top 30 research institution (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The...more

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