Challenge conventional views on children and childhood.
This master’s programme is interdisciplinary and focuses on the critical study of questions related to children and childhood.
Child Studies, master’s programme – First and main admission round
Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping
Place of study
Pace of study
Bachelor’s degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within the humanities, social sciences or the behavioral sciences with a major (or its equivalent) relevant to the programme. Examples of fields relevant to the programme are anthropology, education, history, communication studies, media studies, language studies, psychology, social work, sociology and political sicence.
English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). Exemption from Swedish 3.
Selection will be based on:
Academic merits and Letter of Intent
Each applicant should therefore enclose a Letter of Intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor’s essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor’s essay or project, their Letter of Intent should describe previous studies and any academic activities that are related to the master’s programme or the programmes applied for.
Degree of Master of Science (60/120 credits) with a major in Child Studies.
SEK 160000 – NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.
Courses explore various areas: children’s rights, parents and the family, education and school, migration, culture, the media, and health. You will deepen your knowledge of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives in child studies. These courses will give you a broad knowledge of questions that concern the lives of children. Our core focus is how to apply the latest research findings in order to critically review, develop and improve policies and practices related to children and childhood. The programme is hosted by an internationally renowned research department, which has conducted research in child and childhood studies since 1988. The teachers are active researchers, which guarantees that cutting-edge knowledge is presented.
Online and on-campus training
The programme can be taken in one or two years and will prepare you for designing, planning and conducting research that concerns children, childhood and families. Each year is concluded with a 15-credits master’s thesis. The programme is primarily taught online with the aid of a digital learning platform, but there are three 2–5 days long on-campus periods in the first year and two in the second. This allows for some flexibility as to where and when you conduct your studies. The programme has high academic standards, however, and requires students to commit full time to their studies.
The Master’s Programme in Child Studies is an international study programme. Students on the programme usually have experiences from many different national and cultural contexts. Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to draw on their experiences in discussions and seminars. This will give you the opportunity to exchange ideas about children, childhood and the family in an international forum.
Graduates who wish to follow a career in research via a doctoral degree will be well prepared through the programme. You can also follow a career within governmental authorities as well as local organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, whose activities affect children and their living conditions, or use the master’s degree to take your career in professional fields such as education, politics, social work and care to the next level.
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