What will I learn?

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.

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.

Fieldwork

Students may choose to organise and undertake fieldwork in relation to their research for their dissertation, but this is not a requirement. If undertaken, fieldwork must be self-funded.

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.

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.

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.

Which department am I in?

Social Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£25,800.00 (26,58,607) per year
Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2021

Venue

London, Bloomsbury

17-19, Gordon Street,

London,

WC1H 0AH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who want to enter to graduate programmes at UCL usually require either an upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. Students need to have Bachelor's degree with a final CGPA of 3.3/4.0 are considered for Upper second-class (2:1) and students with final CGPA of 3.0/4.0 are considered for Lower second-class (2:2).

For international students

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. IELTS: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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