Childhood Studies

Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Childhood Studies

Childhood Studies

A child holding two hand puppets. Photo
Photo: Marit Ursin/NTNU



  • Master

  • Full-time
  • 15. April Application deadline

Welcome to the study start 2020

Welcome to the study start 2020

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students to study start. 

Due to the current situation with the pandemic, this year's matriculation ceremony will be organized digitally 10 August at 11:00.

We want everyone to get off to a good start and be part of the student community at NTNU, even if you have to follow the lectures digitally the first semester from your home country.

On 11 August, the Office of International Relations will organise information meetings and online Q&As about

  • how to register for courses
  • exams
  • other practical NTNU matters

These sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience.

More information to come.

Information meetings at Dragvoll campus 12 August. More information will come.

Meet and greet with staff and our new international students from 10:00-15:00 on the 13 August in room 152 at Dragvoll campus. Complimentary lunch. More information about digital access will follow.

Professor Tatek Abebe: «Childhood in cross-cultural context: Memories»

We will meet in room D119 from 09:30-14:00 17 August at Dragvoll campus.

Bring packed lunch.

NTNU organises an orientation programme for new international students every August and January. Orientation Days are a lot of fun and an excellent way for you to get to know NTNU.  We strongly encourage all new international students to attend Orientation Week/days. 

Due to the current situation with the pandemic, the orientation-week for August 2020 will be organized digitally. 

Checklist and manage your stay

For new international students, this is what you need to do to get started as a student:

Checklist for new international students

How to learn norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 

NTNU's intranet

Buses to and from NTNU


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.

Reading list

Here, you will find all the published reading lists. If you cannot find your courses, the reading list will be ready at the start of the academic year.


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.

Admission MPCHILD


The programme is interdisciplinary and it is open to both international and Norwegian students. Admittance to the programme requires a bachelor's degree in social science or in combination with a humanities discipline, or other equivalent education. We aim to establish an interdisciplinary student body, with students representing several different academic backgrounds.

We admit up to 15 students.

NORPART MA Scholarships

NORPART MA Scholarships - News

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) offers five scholarships to students from Ethiopia who will pursue MPhil in childhood studies in the academic year 2020/21. Information on application criteria and how to apply.

Read more about the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART) project description.

Career prospects MPCHILD

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 MPCHILD

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 MPCHILD

Student guidance

Please contact us if you have questions:
phone: + 47 73 59 19 50

Exchange Student

Exchange Student

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



Krysspublisert! IKKE rør! Application deadlines

Digital lectures for the first semesterMore Information for International students who have been offered admission into an international Master’s programme at NTNU.

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2019

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2020

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2020

Admission August 2021: The application portal will open in October for non-EU students

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