Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Childhood studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that puts children and childhood at the centre of its inquiry. It asks questions like 'What is a child?', 'How is childhood changed by wider changes in society?' and 'How do class, gender and "race" shape children's lives?'. International childhood studies put these questions into a global context, to ask how global forces such as war, economy and international development are reshaping childhood.

Course Modules

The programme is made up of 3 core modules, an option module and a dissertation; part'time students take their option module and the core research module in year 2. Option modules can be taken in international development studies, law and youth studies; relevant option modules may also be taken from those offered within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, with the agreement of the programme director. Dissertation research in a relevant field is agreed with the programme director. Core modules include: International political economy of childhood; researching children and childhood; social studies of childhood: Key concepts and issues; MSc children, youth and international development dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

Good degree (2.2 or above) in social sciences or humanities. Previous experience or study of international development issues and/or childhood studies may be an advantage. 2 references: Preferably both academic references, but employer references may be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £14,450  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,225  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees