What will I learn?

This course will develop your higher level critical awareness of the concept of childhood, informing your practice and enhancing your professional relationships with children and young people. In this course you explore childhood and its contested nature, considering multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives and the competing narratives that surround it. Our MA Childhood applies a range of disciplines and narratives from psychology, anthropology, law, sociology, history, health and education to investigate childhood from historical and contemporary perspectives. By focusing on the contested nature of childhood, you will explore how our childhood is shaped by factors such as social, cultural, political and economic conditions.

Assessment methods will be varied and could include such activities as written academic essays, oral and visual presentations, report writing and the production of a research report in the form of a thesis on a chosen aspect of childhood. Our MA Childhood will prepare you for successful careers in a broad range of settings related to children’s services and the health, education, training, social care, guidance, protection and wellbeing needs of children and young people aged up to 19.

Which department am I in?

University of Derby

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Tuition fee for 2018/19 is £13,500 and all fees may be subject to annual increase.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020


Kedleston Road Campus

Kedleston Road,


DE22 1GB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to hold Bachelors Degree. Please refer the university website for standard and minimum entry requirements for each subject. Minimum qualifications include: IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas).

For international students

Students whose English is not their first Language need to have IELTS score of 6.5.

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About this uni

Gold-rated for teaching excellence and a top 30 university in the heart of the UK.

  • Top 30 in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • GBP 200 million invested in facilities in ten years
  • No.1 International Student Centre in the UK
  • Gold in Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework