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International Childhood Studies - MA (expected to start September 2008)
Date:November 9th, 2007

International Childhood Studies - MA (expected to start September 2008)
Course leader: Professor Adrian James

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a relevant discipline and/or relevant professional experience and qualifications.

A relevant language qualification for students whose first language is not English (eg. IELTS 6.5 or above; TOEFL 575 or above).


  • To provide an up-to-date and critical understanding of the epistemologies, theories and processes through which children and childhood are currently defined.
  • To enable students to critically reflect upon and analyse social polices and practices relating to children in the context of their rights under international law and conventions.
  • To provide a thorough grounding in research methods in order to enable you to critically evaluate research outputs and methodologies in the field of childhood studies, and to design and undertake high-quality research.
  • To help students locate their learning about children and childhood in an interdisciplinary and international context.
  • To provide a thorough grounding in generic social science research skills and methods, and a specialised understanding of the methods and skills needed to understand and undertake research with children.
  • To provide students with a range of transferrable skills and knowledge that will be of benefit not only to them in career terms but also to the organisations and children for whom they will work.

Course content

  • Generic social science research training
  • Subject-specific research training
  • A choice of options on different aspects of childhood studies
  • Dissertation


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Small-group work
  • Independent study
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


ESRC 1+3 full fees and maintenance grants available on a competitive basis. Some University and departmental scholarships may be available.


  • Assessed essays
  • Portfolio and dissertation

Contact for enquiries
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Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
Department of Sociological Studies
The University of Sheffield
S10 2TU

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 6401
Fax: +44 (0)114 276 8125

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