MA/PGDip/PGCert Childhood Studies

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 2Yr PT
    MA 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGCert 1Yr FT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2
  3. Singleton Park Campus

Course Overview

This unique and internationally renowned exciting Master's in Childhood Studies is a stimulating and cutting edge multi-disciplinary course. The course is attractive to all students who wish to develop their careers around working with children from birth through to eighteen. We cover a broad range of issues and encourage students to critically reflect on their practice and address theory and relevant research specific to their own interests.

Key Features

Performance:

  • strong links with a range of international networks and similar university departments in Europe and around the world

Teaching and Employability:

  • excellent learning experience and cross cultural views because of international student cohorts
  • opportunity to continue studies to pursue a PhD supervised by a well-qualified member of the team
  • opportunity to take part in a local field trip

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYXM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Childhood
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
Optional Modules

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYXM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Childhood
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYXM07Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)60Dissertation

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
MA Childhood pt y1  

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose up to two of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
AND
MA childhood pt y1 option 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select up to two of the following optional modules (N.B. a maximum of two optional modules can be selected during the programme):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Perspectives on Play
EYXM13Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Practice with Children
EYXM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Therapeutic Work with Children
EYXM17Academic Year20Common Childhood Illness
EYXM18Academic Year20Childhood Nutrition and Growth
OR
MA Childhood pt y1 comp 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the three compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYXM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Childhood
Optional Modules
MA Childhood pt y2  

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose one of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
AND
MA childhood pt y2 option 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one of the following optional modules (N.B. a maximum of two optional modules can be selected during the programme):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Perspectives on Play
EYXM13Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Practice with Children
EYXM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Therapeutic Work with Children
EYXM17Academic Year20Common Childhood Illness
EYXM18Academic Year20Childhood Nutrition and Growth
OR
MA Childhood pt y2 comp 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select two of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
OR
MA Childhood pt y2 optionals 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select two of the following optional modules (N.B. a maximum of two optional modules can be taken during the programme):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Perspectives on Play
EYXM13Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Practice with Children
EYXM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Therapeutic Work with Children
EYXM17Academic Year20Common Childhood Illness
EYXM18Academic Year20Childhood Nutrition and Growth

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYXM07Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)60Dissertation

MA 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select up to 40 credits from the following compulsory modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
AND
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select the following compulsory module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Childhood
OR
 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 20 credits from the following compulsory modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
AND
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 40 credits from the following optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM13Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Practice with Children
EYXM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Therapeutic Work with Children
EYXM17Academic Year20Common Childhood Illness
EYXM18Academic Year20Childhood Nutrition and Growth

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYXM07Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)60Dissertation
Optional Modules
MA CS 2yr y2 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select two of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
AND
MA CS 2yr y2 opt 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one of the following optional modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Perspectives on Play
EYXM13Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Practice with Children
EYXM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Therapeutic Work with Children
EYXM17Academic Year20Common Childhood Illness
EYXM18Academic Year20Childhood Nutrition and Growth
OR
MA CS 2yr y2  

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the following module, if not already undertaken in year 1:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EYXM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Childhood

PGDip 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYXM01Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Childhood
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM14Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Health
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
Optional Modules

PGCert 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EYXM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding and Observing Child Development
EYXM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children's Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People
Optional Modules

Description

The course in Childhood Studies is designed for a wide range of professionals working with children. 

A broad range of topics are covered and students are encouraged to critically reflect on their practice and address theory and research relevant to their own interests.

The course will:

  • reflect upon the nature of childhood as a concept and the way in which it comes to be construed as it is
  • consider holistic child development in contemporary society
  • reflect on childhood and family policy in a variety of contexts
  • consider professional roles (one’s own and others) in relation to services for children and their families
  • encourage critical analysis of research in relation to childhood
  • encourage professional reflective practice.

Entry Requirements

  • A UK 2.2 (or above) degree in a related discipline (for example childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health), or its equivalent 
  • Applications are considered for candidates with significant relevant work experience
  • Applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check)
  • Applicants may be asked to attend an interview

International applicants:

  • English language requirements are a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme. 
  • A DBS check or an approved University equivalent

How To Apply

 

Applicants are encouraged to apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

International students can obtain more information at www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/apply

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,850 £14,650
MA Part-time
MA Part-time £3,450 £7,350
PGDip Full-time £4,600 £9,750
PGCert Full-time £2,300 £4,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

Students are required to complete a number of compulsory modules. A further two additional modules can be selected.

 Assessment

Students are assessed throughout their coursework (e.g. written assignments such as research projects, child observations and essays and seminar presentations) and a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. 

Staff Expertise

Team members are active researchers and their work is well published. Students are encouraged to publish their own research – thereby demonstrating the high quality of their work.

Team members include:

Pete King – an expert in child development and children’s play across children’s services

Justine Howard – an expert in child development and children’s play across children’s services

Jan Lewis - an expert in safeguarding and children’s rights

Mike Ward – an expert in sociology of education

Sophia Komninou – an expert in child health

Zac Maunder – an expert in children’s emotional health

Dr. Gideon Calder - an expert in social mobility, the family, childhood, disability and the ethics of care

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.