Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Childhood Studies

Childhood Studies - Graduation ceremony June 2018

Welcome to study start 2018

13 August–19 August – Orientation Week for international students

Orientation week

All of week 33: Monday 13 August–Sunday 19 August. Registration required!
We strongly recommend all new master's students from outside of Norway and the Nordic countries to attend Orientation Week. Make sure you register for the arrangement in July! 

Monday 13 August – Registration

International students – Registration and welcome at Scandic Lerkendal

  • 09:00 Registration
  • 11:00 Welcome meeting
  • 12:30 We walk together to campus Gløshaugen to take a group photo
  • 13:15 Provided lunch 
  • 14:00 Trondheim Games

The rest of the programme for Orientation week is listed here.

Tuesday 14 August – Matriculation Ceremony at 09:30

09:30 All new students meet on the lawn behind the Main Building at Gløshaugen campus.

Tuesday 14 August – Meet and greet – Childhood studies at 12:00

After the ceremony busses will take you to Dragvoll campus where administrative staff from Department of Education and Lifelong Learning will meet you and guide you to the department.

12:00–13:30 Informal lunch for new international and Norwegian students, staff and student representatives in room 119 in Pavilion A at Dragvoll campus.

Tuesday 21 August – Introductory Days – Childhood studies at 10:00

All new students at MPhil in Childhood studies are welcome to Introductory days in room 251 pavilion B at Dragvoll campus

10:00–10:15     Welcome and presentation of Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB)
10:15–11:00     Round presentation by students
11:00–12:00     Presentation of lecturers and courses
12:00–12:45     Lunch
12:45–13:00     NOSEB's journals and library
13:00–13:15     Master's handbook and Blackboard
13:15–13:30     Information on student exercise
13:30                Closing

Tuesday 21 August – Information meeting at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences at 14:15

14:15–16:00  Information meeting for international Master's students at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, at room D2, Dragvoll Campus.

Friday 24 August – Introductory days – Childhood studies (continued)

Memories in Childhood at room 251 Pavilion B at Dragvoll campus

09:00-15:00 Presentations by students  Tatek Abebe.

Bring your own lunch.

Monday 27 August – Computer Course day 1

16:00–19:00 Computer course in Computer Lab D9420, level 4, Campus Dragvoll

Instructor: Martin Syslak Mjelde

Course plan:
General information, NTNU account, Student web, Innsida, Blackboard, Webmail, Eduroam, Software, NTNU farm, Library.
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:

You may also bring your own computer or lap top to use during the course.

Monday 3 September – Computer course day 2

16:00–19:00 Computer course in Computer Lab D9420, level 4, Campus Dragvoll

Instructor: Martin Syslak Mjelde

Course plan: see day 1

Tuesday 11 September – Library Course

13:30–15:00 Library course for international students

The course will be at Campus Dragvoll, The Library, Block 6B, room 6575 at Campus Dragvoll

Instructor: librarian Joost Hegle

  • About the Library – Practical information about how to borrow books, journals etc.
  • Google as a bibliographical tool
  • eUBIT
  • Google Scholar
  • Reference databases

Tuesday 18 September – Course in Academic writing day 1

16:15–18:15 Course in Academic writing. Room to be decided.

Instructor: David Collins, MSc

Writing is an integral part of an academic education.  The purpose of this writing course is to introduce students to the main types of academic writing they will be expected to do while at NTNU.  The course will cover basic structures of term papers and other types of academic writing, with focus on establishing the rationale and purpose of an academic paper. Since academic writing is dependent on research that others have done and written about, the course will emphasize the importance of finding, evaluating and referring to relevant literature.  In addition, the course will provide students with writing and language techniques that are useful in writing a clear, coherent and logical text.

The course will be held in English and is a combination of lectures and student participation.  This is a 10-hour course, with five 2-hour long sessions.

You will also find useful information on the following web pages about writing term papers and projects:

Thursday 20 September – Course in Academic writing day 2

16:15–18:15 Course in Academic writing. Room to be decided.

Instructor: David Collins, MSc

See description on day 1

Tuesday 25 September – Course in Academic writing day 3

16:15–18:15 Course in Academic writing. Room to be decided.

Instructor: David Collins, MSc

See description on day 1

Thursday 27 September – Course in Academic writing day 4

16:15–18:15 Course in Academic writing. Room to be decided.

Instructor: David Collins, MSc

See description on day 1

Tuesday 2 October – Course in Academic writing day 5

16:15–18:15 Course in Academic writing. Room to be decided.

Instructor: David Collins, MSc

See description on day 1

Course schedule

Your personal course schedule/timetable will be available on your page on the intranet Innsida after you have registered for your courses. The schedule for each course will also be available in the course description section. You will find the courses under «Programme components» in the menu to the left on the programme start page.

Useful Information

  • Study Start and Registration

Arrival Checklist

  • NTNU's intranet

Guide to Innsida

Tickets and Timetables

  • NTNU Map

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New students

Here, incoming students will find essential information and resources to help you prepare for and settle into your new student life at NTNU.

Welcome as a new student on the interdisciplinary Master's programme Childhood Studies at Department of Education and Lifelong Learning! On this page we have gathered useful information.

New international students will find this page useful. Here you will find information on Orientation Week and useful links and documents on what you need to do as a new student.

We strongly encourage our new international students to attend Orientation Week 13–19 August. Participation in Orientation Week is free of charge, but you are required to sign up. You will receive an email in July with more details.

All students are welcome to the Matriculation Ceremony on 14 August 2018 at 09:00 on the lawn behind the Main Building at Campus Gløshaugen. The matriculation is the admission ceremony at the university. The matriculation ceremony is also part of Orientation Week, described in the programme section.

Besides studying there are a few formalities you will have to make during your first days as a student. You will find useful information on the page For new International Students.

We are looking forward to see you!

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.

Career prospects

MPhil in Childhood Studies will be 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 and institutions, both locally and internationally. Another important area is NGOs. Read interviews with some of 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 19 50

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


Degree: Master of Philosophy
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MPCHILD
Restricted admission: Yes. Approx. 20 places.

Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Norwegian Centre for Child Research

City: Trondheim

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2018

EU/EEA/Norwegian students: 
1 March 2019

The application portal will open in mid-October 

Do you have questions about your application? Please see our FAQ

Exchange Student

You are welcome as an exchange student to study one of our many courses.