Taught course

Childhood Studies

Swansea University · Childhood

Entry requirements

Applicants normally require a relevant Honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related discipline (for example childhood studies, education, psychology, sociology, mental health), or its equivalent. Applicants unsure as to the suitability of their qualifications should contact the admissions tutor. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree, must have significant relevant work experience. In these cases the admissions tutor will assess the appropriateness of this experience in relation to the programme. Applicants may also be asked to attend an interview. Applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check) or a Swansea University accepted equivalent for international students. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

This course aims to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of children and childhood.

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.

Modules typically include:

• Understanding and Observing Child Development

• Children’s Rights and Safeguarding Children and Young People

• Child Health

• Research Methods

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Justine Howard
+44 (0)1792 518695