12 months
19740 GBP/year
9200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Childhood Studies at the University of Essex offers a unique psychosocial focus, seeking to understand not only the outer social experience of children but also their complex inner, emotional worlds.

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Our inherently interdisciplinary programme at the University of Essex is rooted in psychosocial, sociological and psychodynamic approaches. Drawing on the history of Childhood Studies and the best contemporary research, including the excellent research and practice experience of our academics, modules will explore a variety of subjects, including:

  • Families and peer relationships
  • Emotions and the inner worlds of children
  • Education
  • The role of play and leisure
  • Generation and intergenerational relationships
  • Gender and sexuality

Your future

You will develop key employability skills including thinking analytically, evaluation, essay-writing, research methods in psychoanalysis and an understanding of psychoanalytic thinking, applicable to clinical and academic work. Our MA Childhood Studies will equip you for a career in sectors including education, health, international fields such as the charitable sector and NGOs, social care including children’s homes, therapeutic communities and supporting children and their families. 

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Critical Debates in Childhood and Childhood Studies
  • Research with Children and Young People
  • Children’s Emotional Worlds
  • Geographies of Childhood and Youth
  • Queering Childhood
  • Relational Childhoods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • We recommend that you apply as soon as you are able to .


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:2 degree or equivalent.
  • With your online application you must submit a personal statement; this should detail the reasons for wanting to study the course, including any relevant experience (work or voluntary) that may support your application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19740 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19740 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9200 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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