King's College London

Course Introduction

This is a multi-disciplinary programme designed to meet the needs of professionals and graduates working or intending to work with or on behalf of children and young people. It is of particular relevance for anyone in a child safeguarding role, including social workers, child and family lawyers, named or designated health practitioners, teachers, police officers and NGO staff.

The Child Studies MA is a demanding course that concentrates on an academic and analytical approach to modern-day issues of childhood. The course features a range of modules that are highly relevant to those who are working or intending to work with vulnerable children. We welcome graduates from a variety of disciplines and professions including medicine, education, law, social care, psychology and sociology.

The course combines a range of required and optional modules to a value of between 180 and 190 credits. In addition to a required dissertation, you will take required modules covering Children?s Rights and Child Protection, and then choose from a wide range of relevant optional modules, such as Global Childhoods, Child Health & Development, and Psychology & Learning.

Our graduates frequently progress to senior practitioner posts involving child-related work, as well as further study at PhD level. Recent graduate destinations have included Anna Freud Centre, Barnardo?s, St Christopher?s residential child care services and local authority children?s services.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,100 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,100 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,050 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,050 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,520 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will normally be required to have a 2:1 honours degree in a subject relevant to work with children and/or substantial professional experience in a relevant field. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 overall, minimum 176 in all skills; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100