Entry requirements

A second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in social science, media or cultural studies, humanities, education or a related field. A similar qualification in another subject is also acceptable if combined with experience in child care, health, education or children's advocacy.

All applicants should preferably have experience of working with and for children.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA examines a range of contemporary social theories about global childhoods and children's rights. By cultivating sociological understandings of varied and unequal childhoods and engaging with research-active lecturers, professionals from charitable and government sectors, and international activists, you will develop skills to critically analyse policy and practice and explore new possibilities for achieving social justice for children and young people.

This MA explores cutting-edge research and theorising about the politics of children and childhood. Examining childhood in global contexts, as well as how childhood is cross-cut by class, \'race\', gender, and ability, will enable you to question taken-for-granted assumptions about children and childhood. Historical perspectives will support you to identify and examine how childhoods are shifting in contemporary contexts of neoliberalism, post-colonialism, conflict, and transnational migration.

You will have the opportunity to hear from internationally-renowned academics and leading international children's organisations, and engage with a diverse group of students from around the world.

The MA is based in UCL Social Science which houses five prestigious research-intensive units. Together they provide a foundation for world-leading work in childhood studies, social work, social pedagogy, and sociology of the family.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
      full time
      12 months
        60 months


        Face-to-face teaching includes lectures, discussions and debates. You will have the opportunity to explore and analyse readings, real world case studies, images, and films with other students. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own personal, academic and/or professional experiences during sessions.

        An online environment is provided for interactive activities between teaching sessions.

        Each core module is assessed by a 5,000-word written assignment, and the dissertation is a 20,000 word piece of independent research. There are tutorials for essay preparation and seminars to support dissertation research.

        Course contact details

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