MA Childhood Studies is part of the MA Education programme at the University of South Wales. It provides students with the opportunity to have a postgraduate course specifically tailored to meet their individual professional needs.
Students on the MA Childhood Studies course will develop a critical understanding of contemporary perceptions of childhood, and effective approaches to working with children and young people. The Masters programme aims to develop your expertise both as a practitioner and an academic and researcher in the field.
Input from professionals and researchers working with children and young people, will contribute to you gaining a broad picture of childhood, children’s wellbeing and working with children and young people with particular needs. An integral part of the postgraduate course is an emphasis on children’s rights, children and young people’s participation, and inter-professional working.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
You will take two compulsory modules:
The module takes a broad view of Children’s wellbeing by exploring the concept and the challenges of measuring wellbeing in addition to considering how wellbeing is addressed in health, education, social care, youth justice and by non-governmental organisations.
The module will also explore and evaluate a range of approaches to promoting children’s wellbeing. An integral part of the lecture programme will be the use of visiting lecturers to illustrate examples of evidence based practice.
In common with all of the MA Education programmes, you must take the core module Research Methodology.
Additional specialist modules can include:
Working with Vulnerable Children
This module examines contemporary models of childhood and adolescence and introduces the concepts of vulnerability, risk and resilience. The module also considers the challenges of research and intervention with vulnerable groups.
This module encompasses all aspects of child development and includes consideration of physical, psychological and social development. It is suitable for practitioners already working with children and young people, who wish to develop the theoretical basis for their work, and for adult practitioners wishing to extend their work into working with children and young people.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
This module introduces students to definitions and concepts in the field of CAMH and the current structuring of CAMH services in the United Kingdom. Sessions look in detail at particular mental health difficulties, which include attachment difficulties, emotional difficulties, and behavioural difficulties.
Particular study is made of gender and culture in relation to mental health difficulties and these sessions include a focus on eating disorders, self-harm and trauma.
Alternatively you can take one module from one of the other MA Education pathways. To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.
A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research. If you’re interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so.
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