Master of Philosophy in Childhood Studies


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 have a minimum of 80 % compulsory attendance. This is described in the course description of each course.

The study programme is structured around a combination of core courses and elective courses, 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.

  • 5 core courses (37.5 credits)
  • 2 elective courses of 7.5 credits each
  • Experts in Teamwork (7.5 credits)
  • master's thesis (60 credits)

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

Validity of the information

Validity of the information

This overview is valid for the academic year 2020/2021.

Components - MPCHILD

1st year

First semester (autumn)
Course code Title Credits
BARN3101 Social Studies of Children and Childhood 7,5
BARN3202 Methodology in Childhood Studies 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 Participatory Methods and Ethics 7,5
  Elective course: see list further down 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

Elective courses

Choose one of the following:

Academic year 2020/2021
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
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

Writing and submitting your master's thesis

  • Once your project description is approved, you complete and submit the form master's agreement. Deadline: 1 May, or before you leave for your fieldwork. 

    Guidelines on how to fill in the form.

    If you have to register your project with the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD) you write "NSD yes" behind your title in the field "Working title". If not you write "NSD no".
  • For many of you, it will be necessary to register the master's project with the Norwegian Centre for Research Data - NSD. You must fill out the online form with information about your project. The form must be approved by your supervisor before you send it to NSD.

    Students who do not plan to collect any information that identifies particular individuals do not have to fill out the Notification Form. You can consult your supervisor and discuss whether you need to register your project at NSD.

After your project description is approved, you will receive an email with the name of your supervisor. 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 is described in the topic page of BARN3900 Master's thesis.

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.

Here, you find a template for writing a master's thesis in Word.

See Master's handbook for further instructions.

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

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

Read the information on this page if you are considering a leave of absence.

You find useful information about finalising and submitting your master's thesis on the webpage Writing and submitting your master's thesis.

See the Master's handbook for more details.

You submit your thesis in Inspera.

MPhil in Childhood Studies - brochure

MPhil in Childhood Studies - brochure

Please download the brochure about MPhil in Childhood Studies.

Exchange Student

Exchange Student

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