Good degree (2:2 or above) in social sciences or humanities. Previous experience or study of international development issues and/or childhood studies may be an advantage. 2 references: preferably both academic references, but employer references may be considered.
Months of entry
Childhood studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that puts children and childhood at the centre of its inquiry. It asks questions like What is a child? How is childhood changed by wider changes in society? and How do class, gender and "race" shape children's lives?
International childhood studies put these questions into a global context, to ask how global forces such as war, economy and international development are reshaping childhood.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Of interest to anyone working, or intending to work, with children in service provision, in social policy or in international development, particularly in culturally diverse settings, or anyone who has an interest in cultures of childhood.
- Helps develop the skills needed to produce high-quality independent research.
- Taught by experts in childhood studies: the programme director is the author of Childhood in a Global Perspective (Polity, 2009) and many other publications on global childhoods.
- One of only 2 childhood studies Master's degrees in the UK with an international focus.
- We offer student support and have a range of research resources.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Fees and funding
The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.
Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Geography, Environment and Developmental Studies
- 020 3073 8000