MSSc Child Studies, 120 credits

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary master’s programme that focusses on the critical study of questions related to children and childhood. The programme is mainly taught online, with some short campus periods. 

Child Studies, master's programme

Autumn 2019, Full-time, Linköping

Closed for late application

A core focus of the programme 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 further provides the theoretical and methodological tools that prepare you for designing, planning and conducting research in topics that concern children, childhood and families.

The programme is hosted by the internationally renowned research department in Child Sstudies at Linköping University, which has conducted research in child and childhood studies since 1988. The teachers on the programme are active researchers, which guarantees that cutting-edge knowledge is presented in all courses.

Broaden and deepen your knowledge

The programme comprises one year (60 credits option) or two years (120 credits option) of full-time study. Both years include a research methods course and a master’s thesis course. This means that you can either finish your studies with a one-year master’s degree or continue to take the second year and obtain a two-year master’s degree.

During the first term, you will be introduced to the interdisciplinary field of child studies with a special focus on historical, anthropological and sociological perspectives. Each of the three courses introduces you to a methodological approach to child studies. You will learn more about how to design and conduct a research study in child studies during the two courses on methodology (terms 2 and 4), which will prepare you for your master’s theses – one in year one and one in year two. For each thesis you will have an individually appointed thesis supervisor.

The remaining courses of the programme are dedicated to various areas in child studies including: children’s rights, parents and the family, education and school, migration, culture, the media, and health. These courses will give you a broad knowledge of questions that concern the lives of children, and they will deepen your knowledge of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives in child studies.

Meet the world

The Master’s Programme in Child Studies is an international study programme and 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.

Online and on-campus training

Most of the courses are taught online with the aid of a digital learning platform. Most of the course literature is also accessible on-line through the electronic resources of the LiU library. 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.

In addition to online tuition, the programme comprises five on-campus periods of durations between 2 and 5 days, which are mandatory for all students. The on-campus periods comprise both academic seminars and social activities, during which students get to know each other and the teachers on the programme. This will facilitate online communication throughout the rest of the programme.

The dates for the on-campus periods for students admitted to the programme in 2019 are:

August 26-30 2019

February 24-27 2020

One day for thesis presentations in early June 2020 (date to be announced)

March 1-4 2021 (Preliminary dates)

One day for thesis presentations in early June 2021 (date to be announced)



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 fees can be found by selecting the show more function at the top of the page. 

Career opportunities
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Students who complete the master’s programme in Child Studies will be prepared for a career within governmental authorities and companies, or within local organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, whose activities affect children and their living conditions.

Graduates will be equipped with cutting-edge knowledge in issues dealing with children and their living conditions in the fields of, for example, education, politics, and social work and care. They may also follow a career in research or continue their studies towards a doctoral degree.

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Alumni testimonials

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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