master's degree programme, 2 years

Master of Philosophy in Childhood Studies

– Programme components

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

The programme is structured around a combination of core courses (52.5 credits) and elective courses (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).

Validity of the information

This overview is valid for the academic year 2018/2019.

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:

Code Title Credits Term Admission
GEOG3006 Quantitative Methods 7,5 Autumn Open
GEOG3522 Migration and Development 7,5 Spring Open
GEOG3516* Humanitarianism: Theory and Practice 7,5 Autumn Open
SANT3508 Globalization Theory and Culture 7,5 Spring Open

* The course is not taught in the academic year 2018/2019.


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Exchange Student

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