Research course

Children and Young People

Swansea University · Childhood

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PhD programme would normally have, or be studying for a Master’s degree, while our MPhil programme requires a first or upper second degree in a discipline related to the proposed research project, or a relevant, approved postgraduate qualification. In some cases, there may be opportunities for MPhil students to continue their studies as a PhD student. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

All children and young people are entitled to the best start in life that our society can offer, and it is during these formative years that our lifelong health and social behaviours develop. However the ever increasing demands of a growing population require us to develop new approaches in how we provide a positive environment in which the next generation can flourish. Studying for a PhD or MPhil is a truly challenging and deeply rewarding experience, and Swansea University provides an excellent environment in which to pursue your research studies.

Applications are being accepted in the following areas:

Health & Welfare

Investigating the facets of health and welfare facing children and young people in today’s society such as public health challenges, health psychology, health care provision, child abuse and neglect, learning disabilities, play and homelessness.

Student researchers are currently investigating topics such as children’s free play choices in the school and home, teaching approaches with the Foundation Phase, and looked after children.

Child and Youth Identity

Exploring the interactions between young people as individual agents, their social environments (school participation, entry to the workplace) and wider social structures that inform their individual biographies and life-opportunities.

In particular sexuality and age, the ways in which these structures and discourses inform the individual identities of young people, and the ways in which ‘youth’ are represented in popular discourse are of interest. Applications are welcomed in youth studies, youth participation and gender and sexuality studies.

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:

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

College of Human and Health Sciences
+44 (01792) 295309