MSc Child Studies, 120 credits

Challenge conventional views on children and childhood.

This master’s programme is interdisciplinary and focuses on the critical study of questions related to children and childhood.

Child Studies, master's programme

Autumn 2019, Full-time, Linköping

Child Studies, master's programme - First and main admission round

Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping

Closed for late application

Child Studies, master's programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students)

Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping

Courses explore various areas: children’s rights, parents and the family, education and school, migration, culture, the media, and health. You will deepen your knowledge of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives in child studies. These courses will give you a broad knowledge of questions that concern the lives of children. Our core focus is how to apply the latest research findings in order to critically review, develop and improve policies and practices related to children and childhood. The programme is hosted by an internationally renowned research department, which has conducted research in child and childhood studies since 1988. The teachers are active researchers, which guarantees that cutting-edge knowledge is presented.

Online and on-campus training

The programme can be taken in one or two years and will prepare you for designing, planning and conducting research that concerns children, childhood and families. Each year is concluded with a 15-credits master’s thesis. The programme is primarily taught online with the aid of a digital learning platform, but there are three 1–5 days long on-campus periods in the first year and two in the second. This allows for some flexibility as to where and when you conduct your studies. The programme has high academic standards, however, and requires students to commit full time to their studies.

The Master’s Programme in Child Studies is an international study programme. Students on the programme usually have experiences from many different national and cultural contexts. Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to draw on their experiences in discussions and seminars. This will give you the opportunity to exchange ideas about children, childhood and the family in an international forum.

Syllabus and course details
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A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition information can be found by selecting the drop-down ''Admission requirements'' available under the Autumn 2020 tab.

Career opportunities
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Graduates who wish to follow a career in research via a doctoral degree will be well prepared through the programme. You can also follow a career within governmental authorities as well as local organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, whose activities affect children and their living conditions, or use the master’s degree to take your career in professional fields such as education, politics, social work and care to the next level.

Alumni insights
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Brian - Italy - PhD Student

''The interdisciplinary approach to child studies was a highlight of the programme. The faculty offered stimulating discussions relevant to the study of children and childhood.

I left the programme feeling I had engaged in profitable discourses that have helped my further academic and professional endeavours.


I have had the opportunity to study in several countries, but Sweden stands out as a memorable and rewarding experience!''

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The master's programme is hosted by the internationally renowned research unit for Child Studies at Linköping University, which consists of more than 20 researchers, including four professors and several PhD students.

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