Master's degree programme 2-years

Master of Philosophy in Childhood Studies

– About the programme

Are you interested in children's everyday lives and in childhood as a social and cultural phenomenon? Would you like to know about children's lives in different parts of the world? What about the changing conditions of childhood in the era of globalisation? If so, the international master's programme in Childhood Studies might be perfect for you.

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 programme covers the state of childhood(s) in the western world and in countries in the South. The approach is multi-disciplinary, with particular emphasis on perspectives drawn from disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, geography, and history.

Examples of topics for the master's thesis include:

  • Children's experiences of joint custody
  • Rural children's livelihoods
  • Childhood and community services
  • Children's rights and citizenship
  • Family mediation
  • Child care and intergenerational relationships
  • Street children and health
  • Children, obesity and television advertisement
  • Children and education

MPhil in Childhood Studies - brochure

Please download the brochure about MPhil in Childhood Studies here, or contact NOSEB if you want to order one or more copies.

Key facts

  • Established in 2006
  • More than 100 students from 25 countries have completed the degree
  • Collaboration with Brunel University, UK
  • Opportunity to do fieldwork abroad
  • Required TOEFL score:550/230/80 (IELTS:6.0)
  • No tuition or admission fee
  • Introductory programme for new students
  • Focus on academic writing