Study structure

Childhood studies - master's programme

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.

This overview is valid for the academic year 2024/2025.

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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, Youth and Development 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
BARN3900 Master's Thesis (part 1 of 3)
  Experts in Teamwork (intensive village) 7,5

2nd year

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

Elective courses

Choose one of the following:

Code Title Credits Term Admission
GEOG3006 Quantitative Methods 7,5 Autumn Open
GEOG3053  Discourses of Development and Globalisation 7,5 Autumn Open
GEOG3522 Migration and the humanitarian-development nexus 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

Study plan details

Check the current schedule for compulsory and elective courses by year and semester, as well as other details about the programme.

Study plan

Writing and submitting your master's thesis

Writing and submitting your master's thesis

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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.

Use this Word template when writing your master's thesis.

Writing your master's thesis. From preparation to submission.

See Master's handbook for further instructions.

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

You find useful information about finalising and submitting your master's thesis on the webpage Writing and submitting your master's thesis. the final stages of the thesis is time-consuming, so allow extra time.

You submit your thesis in Inspera.