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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Youth Studies Children / Youth (Social Work)

Course type


Course Summary

This course will develop your higher level critical awareness of the concept of childhood, informing your practice and enhancing your professional relationships with children and young people. In this course you explore childhood and its contested nature, considering multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives and the competing narratives that surround it. Our MA Childhood applies a range of disciplines and narratives from psychology, anthropology, law, sociology, history, health and education to investigate childhood from historical and contemporary perspectives. By focusing on the contested nature of childhood, you will explore how our childhood is shaped by factors such as social, cultural, political and economic conditions.

Assessment methods will be varied and could include such activities as written academic essays, oral and visual presentations, report writing and the production of a research report in the form of a thesis on a chosen aspect of childhood. Our MA Childhood will prepare you for successful careers in a broad range of settings related to children’s services and the health, education, training, social care, guidance, protection and wellbeing needs of children and young people aged up to 19.

Different course options

Full time | Kedleston Road Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Positioning Childhood
Children and Young People's Participation and Agency
Independent Studies
Children and Young People's Relationships and Emotional Health
Childhood and the Global South
Crafting Your Masters Study

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Tuition fee for 2018/19 is £600 per 20 credits and all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Tuition fee for 2018/19 is £13,500 and all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline.

University information

The University of Derby is spread across two campuses in Derby and Chesterfield. Derby is proud to welcome students from more than 100 countries around the world, so you’ll be part of a diverse, international community. Whether you are progressing from undergraduate study, want to change or develop your career, or simply study the subject you love in more depth, the University offers a wide range of courses and flexible study methods...more

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