Master of Philosophy in Childhood Studies

– Programme structure

The master's programme in Childhood Studies involves two years of full-time study. The workload for a full-time student for one academic year is 60 credits. Most of the courses during both years have a minimum of 80 % compulsory attendance.

The programme is structured around a combination of core courses (52.5 credits) and an elective course (7.5 credits), 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 (60 credits).

In the study plan, the elective course is placed in 1st  semester. You find the elective courses in your study plan. Please note that there are other courses recognized as elective courses, but these are only thought in the 2nd semester (spring). Note also that the lectures and exams in the elective courses in the spring semester may also collide with the obligatory courses. In the spring semester, there are obligatory courses of 30 credits, including Experts in Teamwork (EiT) (7.5 credits). This means students who choose one elective course in the spring semester will have to complete a total of 37.5 credits, and check for colliding activities and exams.

The following courses are recognized as elective courses, but are taught in the spring semester:

  • GEOG3522 Migration and Development
  • SARB3518 Global Migrations and Ethnic Relations 1
  • GEOG3506 Geography, Health and Development
  • GEOG3517 Social Difference, Identity and Place

If you choose one of these, you must contact the student advisor in the department, who can help you update your study plan.

Experts in Teamwork will be taught as an intensive course in this master's programme.

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Validity of the information

This overview is valid for the academic year 2019/2020.

1st year

First semester (autumn)
Course code Title Credits
BARN3101 Social Studies of Children and Childhood 7,5
BARN3202 Methodological Perspectives on Child and Childhood Research 7,5
BARN3300 Children and Development in the Global South 7,5
  Elective course: see list further down 7,5
Second semester (spring)
Course code Title Credits
BARN3102 Children's Rights 7,5
BARN3201 Methods and Ethics in Childhood Studies 7,5
BARN3400 Preparatory Course, Master's Thesis 7,5
  Experts in Teamwork (intensive village) 7,5

2nd year

Third and fourth semester (autumn / spring)
Course code Title Credits
BARN3900 Master's Thesis 60

For more details about the programme, please consult studiehåndboka (Norwegian only).

Elective courses

Choose one of the following:

Academic year 2019/2020
Code Title Credits Term Admission
GEOG3006 Quantitative Methods 7,5 Autumn Open
GEOG3053  Discourses of Development and Globalization 7,5 Autumn Open
GEOG3522 Migration and Development 7,5 Spring Open
GEOG3506 Geography, Health and Development 7,5 Spring Open
SARB3518 Global Migrations and Ethnic Relations 1 7,5 Spring Open
GEOG3517 Social Difference, Identity and Place 7,5 Spring Open

Writing and submitting your master's thesis

Complete the agreement for carrying out the master's thesis

Before you begin your work on the master's thesis you must complete and submit the form agreement for carrying out the master's thesis.

Deadline for submitting the agreement: 14 June 2019, or before you leave for your fieldwork.


Supervision is obligatory, and you are obliged to follow your supervisor's deadlines and instructions. Supervision will be given during 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester. The total number of supervision hours is 60, including your supervisor's preparations etc. See the Master's handbook for more instructions.

Layout of the thesis

The following information is valid for students who will hand in their thesis in the autumn semester 2019. After this, students will be handing in their thesis in Inspera. The information will be updated in the spring semester 2020.

The thesis should be 80–120 pages (Times New Roman 12, space 1.5, standard Word margins). The pages before chapter 1 and the reference list are not included in the defined number of pages.

The first page of chapter 1 should correspond to page no 1. This means that the table of content and other texts/figures before chapter 1 have no page numbers, and you may, for instance, use Roman numerals for this.

See Master's handbook for further instructions.

Submission deadline

Deadline for submitting your thesis is Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 14:00. 

Postponed submission deadline

Send an email to the department at if you are delayed with your work.

Completion and printing

See the Master's handbook for details.

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.

Exchange Student

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