Taught course

Childhood Studies

Queen's University Belfast · School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work

Entry requirements

Full details can be found on the Queen's University website.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate in Childhood Studies (DChild) aims to enable experienced professionals working with children and/or young people to build upon professional expertise by developing skills in research, evaluation and evidence-informed practice.

Why Queen's?

The Professional Doctorate in Childhood Studies is part-time and is tailored to the needs of a diverse range of professionals and is delivered through interactive and innovative methods including electronic resources, online discussion forums and, in the near future, podcasts.

The modules are delivered in the University's Postgraduate Centre at the Graduate School. It is possible for students to undertake pathways through taught modules that have an emphasis on child care/child protection; children and education; and children/young people and youth justice.

Students can avail of additional specialist training courses and opportunities for networking that are offered by the postgraduate centre and other events run at Queen’s University Belfast.

Information for international students

Full details can be found on the Queen's University website.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate loans

From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

For fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website: Postgraduate funding

Useful links

Queen's Direct Applications Portal

Steps to Postgraduate Study Guidance (HEFCE)

Queen's Postgraduate Admissions Policy

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months

Course contact details

School Postgraduate Office