Master's Degree Programme, 2 years

Childhood Studies

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Welcome to Study Start 2016

Tuesday 16 August - Matriculation Ceremony

09:15: Matriculation

Welcoming Ceremony for all new students at NTNU at the lawn behind the Main Building at Gløshaugen Campus Hovedbygningen på Gløshaugen.

After the Matriculation Ceremony buses (free of charge) will take you from Gløshaugen Campus to Dragvoll Campus. The Student Advisor at NOSEB will meet you at the bus stop at Dragvoll and you are invited to lunch at Pavilion A where NOSEB is located. 

Wednesday 17 August - Information Day at Dragvoll Campus

10:00 - 15:00: "Vrimledag" at Dragvoll Campus:

Have tips and advice from experienced students, participate in activities, meet Student Organizations and Student Advisors.

Free lunch.

Monday 22 August - Information meeting with the SVT-faculty

14:15-16:00: Information Meeting with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management (SVT)

Information Meeting with the SVT-faculty, Dragvoll Campus, Room DX, Main Building

Wednesday 24 August - Introduction at NOSEB

Introduction at NOSEB

Room 156, 1st floor, Pavilion B

11:30-11:45     Tatek Abebe, Programme Leader: Welcome and presentation of MPhil in Childhood Studies


11:45 12:00     Anne Trine Kjørholt presentation of Norwegian Centre for Child Research


12:00-12:30     The students present themselves


12:30-12:45     Break/Lunch


12:45-14:00     Course contents for MPhil in Childhood Studies

                        Randi Dyblie Nilsen: Social Studies of Childhood, MA thesis Seminar

                        Vebjørg Tingstad: Methodological Perspectives in Childhood Research

Anne Trine Kjørholt: Children’s Rights

Tatek Abebe: Children and Development in the Global South, Methods and Ethics in Childhood Studies


Jon Kristian Grønli: Information on MA Handbook, Its Learning (BlackBoard), and compendiums


14:00-14:50     Anne Trine Kjørholt: “Childhood in cross-cultural context: memories” – introduction to student exercise 

Computer Course

Location: The course will be held at Dragvoll, Computer Lab D10349 (Grava), block 10, level 3 


Monday 05 September 2016 at 16.00-19.00

Tuesday 06 September 2016 at 16.00-19.00.

Instructor is Lisa Marie Reutter 

Course plan:

Day 1:
General Information, NTNU account, Student web, Innsida,  It’s learning (Blackboard), Webmail, Eduroam, Software, NTNU farm, Library

Day 2:
Basic use of Windows, Office365, Basic use of Microsoft Office Word, Master’s thesis, Computer labs, Printers and Scanners, Campus support services​

Please remember to bring your username and password for this class.  (Username and password can be acquired from Orakel support services)

To activate username go to: 

Library Course

The course will be held at Dragvoll Library, Block 6B, room 6575, on Thursday 01 September 2016, at 13.30-15.00. Instructor is Librarian Mr Joost Hegle.

* About the Library – practical information about how to borrow books, journals etc  

* Google as a bibliographical tool


* eUBiT

* Google Scholar

* Reference databases

Useful Information

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Buses to and from NTNU

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About childhood studies

MPhil in Childhood Studies aims to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between childhood and culture as well as the dynamics between economic, social and political conditions and children's livelihoods and welfare in different contexts.


The programme is open to both international and Norwegian students. Admittance to the programme requires a bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or other equivalent education.

Find out if you meet the requirements and how you apply.

Career prospects

MPhil in Childhood Studies will be relevant for building a career related to children and childhood in different public sectors. This may include policy and planning for children's living conditions in ministries and institutions, both locally and internationally. Another important area is NGOs. Read interviews with our former students and see where they are now.


Programme components

The master's programme in Childhood Studies involves two years of full-time studies. The workload for a full-time student for one academic year is 60 credits.


Student guidance

Please contact us if you have questions:
phone: + 47 73 59 62 40

Or you can visit us at campus Dragvoll in Pavilion C.

MPhil in Childhood Studies

Degree: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Childhood Studies
Restricted admission: Yes. Approx. 20 places.
Department: Norwegian Centre for Child Research
Faculty: The Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management
Validity of information: 2016-2017


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Application deadlines

The application deadlines for master's degrees starting August 2016 have passed.

The next round of admission will open in mid-October 2016, with the following application deadlines:

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2016

EU / EEA / Norwegian students: 
1 March 2017

How to apply