Master of Philosophy in 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 (family-life, day-care and schools, local communities etc).
The approach is multi-disciplinary, with particular emphasis on perspectives drawn from disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, geography, and history.
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.
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 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), such as Save the Children and the Red Cross. In addition, the master's programme qualifies for work related to research, consultancy, teaching and supervision in the field of children, welfare and development. Read interviews with our former students and see where they are now.
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.
The programme is structured around core courses (52.5 credits) and elective courses (7.5 credits), which both provide a general introduction to theory and methodology and provide the students with the opportunity to specialize within particular topics. In addition, the programme consists of a master's thesis (60 credits).
MPhil in Childhood Studies
Degree level: Master (MPhil)
Restricted admission: Yes. Approx. 20 places.
Application deadline: 15 April (Norwegian/Nordic applicants), 1 December (International applicants and Norwegian applicants with a non-Nordic/non-Norwegian degree)
Department: Norwegian Centre for Child Research
Faculty: The Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management
Validity of information: 2013-2014