Childhood Studies

Childhood Studies

Childhood Studies (Master's Programme)

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Are you interested in children’s everyday lives in different cultures and contexts?

Would you like to know about children’s perspectives and experiences?

Would you like to learn how to make use of children's rights to improve children's living conditions and well-being?

Are you interested in childhood as a social and cultural phenomenon? What about changing conditions of childhood in the context of development and globalization? If so, the international master’s program in Childhood Studies is suitable for you.

In Childhood Studies, you will learn about children's everyday lives and the dynamic relationships between economic, social, cultural, institutional, and political contexts related to children and childhood. 

You will learn how to conduct ethically sound research with and on children, to promote children’s voices, and to advocate on children’s behalf and in collaboration with them.  

In this programme you will get:

  • a 2-year innovative research-based degree
  • an interdisciplinary program, taught in English
  • an international learning environment

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The master's programme in Childhood Studies is relevant for building a career, both in research and related to children and childhood in different public sectors. This may include policy and planning for children's living conditions in ministries, institutions and NGO's, both locally and internationally.

This is an advanced post-graduate research degree with emphasis on independent research. The degree is an essential stepping stone for pursuing a PhD and a further career in academia. 

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You will attend regular lectures, seminars, and training workshops that support your learning. Emphasis is given to student-driven learning involving collaboration, reflection, experience sharing, and project-related tasks.

Child research at the department has a strong international orientation, hosting national and international guest researchers. The students in this programme will benefit from being a part of a strong international research milieu.

New students will be invited to participate in an introductory programme at the beginning of the semester.

Paideia is the student union for the students in our department. Paideia arranges various activities and likes to include students of all ages and interests.

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The study programme is structured around a combination of core courses and elective courses, which provide a general introduction to theory and methodology, as well as giving students the opportunity to specialize in particular topics. In addition, the programme includes a master's thesis.

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Admittance to the programme requires a bachelor's degree in the social sciences. 

The master's programme is interdisciplinary and accepts Norwegian and Nordic students, in addition to self-financed international students.

Read more about admission and requirements

If you are an international student and have any questions regarding the admission requirements please consult our FAQ for Master's applicants.

For all questions regarding applications, admission criteria, language requirements and documentation, please contact the NTNU Admissions Office at

For questions regarding visa or immigration formalia, please contact the NTNU Office of International Relations at

For questions regarding housing, please contact  

Other questions:

Faculty of Social Sciences
Telephone: (+47) 73 55 19 00

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning (Study programme owner)

Visiting address:
Pavilion A
Loholt alle 83-85
Dragvoll Campus

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