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Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA

This MA will introduce you to a range of cutting-edge social theories about global childhoods and children's rights. Through engagements with research-active lecturers studying varied and transnational childhoods, professionals from charitable and government sectors, and international activists, you will explore new possibilities for achieving social justice for children and young people.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 24 July 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£10,750 (FT)
£5,435 (PT)
Overseas:
£23,340 (FT)
£11,830 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

English language requirements

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.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

This programme provides you with the opportunity to identify, examine, and understand key sociological perspectives on the complex links between childhood, children’s rights, and social justice. You will cultivate understandings of the shifting social status of children and childhood, considering emerging forms of inequality. You will develop conceptual and research skills to analyse how social, political and economic changes affect childhoods, as well as young people’s contributions and creative responses to dynamic global contexts.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one or two optional modules (total of 30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights.

Compulsory modules

Critical Theoretical Debates about Global Childhoods and Society
Children's Rights in Global Perspectives
Researching Childhood

Optional modules

Up to 30 credits of options drawn from the following:

Social Theory and the Study of Contemporary Social Problems
Sociology of Race and Education
Contemporary Issues in Early Years
Understanding Education Policy
Gender, Education and Development
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Rights and Education
Knowledge, Power and the Cultural Production of Gender
Global Politics of Gender, Sexuality and Security
Thinking Space
Postcolonial Cultural Geographies

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning

Face-to-face teaching includes lectures from research-active academics, professionals from charitable and government sectors, and international activists. You will have the opportunity to discuss readings, case studies, images, and films through guided conversation and debate. You are also encouraged to reflect upon your own personal, academic and/or professional experiences during sessions.

An online environment is provided for readings and 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.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The MA SCCR prepares graduates for successful careers in international child-related fields. As a graduate of this programme, you will be equipped to work in a broad range of roles such as international NGO staff, children's charity workers, child advocacy workers and policy advisors. You will also have the background to move into leadership roles in your current career.

Inspired by their MA studies in a dynamic and growing field of academic scholarship, graduates also go on to doctoral-level study.

There are a wide range of programme and university-wide resources available to assist students in exploring and developing career pathways.

Employability

Students on this MA will develop skills for:

  • Conducting creative, participatory and change-orientated research with children and young people
  • Critically analysing childhood policy and professional practice with children
  • Contributing to public debates about challenging issues ranging from child labour to children’s use of social media
  • Undertaking collaborative projects with diverse participants
  • Exploring and developing innovative approaches to working with and for children and young people

With a home in a vibrant centre of research on childhood and children’s rights, you will have the opportunity to build networks with research-active staff and students from around the world, attend departmental events with visiting childhood scholars, and find out about volunteer, study, and work opportunities with children’s organisations.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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, digitisation, and transnational migration.

Undertaking this programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically analyse, and develop innovative approaches to, local and international childhood policy and professional practice with children, and conduct rigorous childhood research for social change.

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 the Department of Social Science, which houses seven 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. 

Department: Social Science

What our students and staff say

Alumni view

"I am a Londoner and work full time in London so UCL is the perfect place for me to study. Studying the sociology of childhood provides a unique lens to observe those who are positioned without power. I know that my MA qualification will give me the freedom to explore other research opportunities."

Lucy Benson

Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA (2018)
Alumni view

"I am now in a senior position in my field and it was continual professional development and delivering results for my employers that has enabled me to get this far. I think UCL has shown me that I still have more to learn, that there is a global perspective of childhood that I need to be more aware of and that the social structures in place need to be scrutinised closely to achieve the best outcomes for children."

Haseena Noushad

Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA (2018)

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This MA is relevant for applicants interested in academic careers researching childhood and those seeking to develop professional practice with children, both in the UK and other international contexts. It is especially relevant for applicants aiming for careers in children’s services; education, health, legal, policy, and social care sectors; youth work; and children’s rights organisations.

Application deadlines

All applicants
24 July 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights at graduate level
  • why you want to study Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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