Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from appropriately qualified and experienced childcare professionals from areas including, but not limited to, social welfare, law, criminal justice and healthcare. Applicants should normally have a first degree with first or second-class honours or equivalent and/or relevant professional qualifications. Candidates who do not meet the standard criteria will, however, be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Childcare Law and Practice is a popular and successful course. It has been fully revised and redesigned in line with other MA courses at the University to facilitate exchange of modules and a longer period of individual research. It is taught jointly by members of the School of Law and the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice as an interdisciplinary course and attracts students from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. The course is specially designed so that it may be taken by those who are in full-time employment. The course content reflects developments and current debates in childcare law and practice. The Keele Law School is highly rated and internationally recognised for teaching and research.

Opportunity for experienced professionals in social and health services, law, courts and police to extend substantive knowledge and develop skills while re-assessing their own contribution to working with children.

Modules include: Foundations & Principles of Child Care Law & Practice. Contemporary Issues in CCL&P, Children Looked After, Youth Justice, Children & Medicine, Education Law & Research Training.

Assessment: coursework and dissertation.

Information for international students

This course is taught in a series of intensive blocks allowing students from a wide geographical area to study with us.

Fees and funding



are available for Keele postgraduates.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Adminsitrator