MSSc Child Studies

Linköping University

Program Description

MSSc Child Studies

Linköping University

MSSc Child Studies, 60/120 credits

The programme will not admit students in autumn 2015.

The interdisciplinary master’s programme in Child Studies provides the opportunity to study children and the varying social, cultural and material conditions of their childhoods. In a globalised world where a number of countries have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is necessary to understand and analyse how the contents of childhood and youth have shifted over time and space, and how they influenced the conditions for children.

An important point of departure for this programme is that children are regarded as actors and the focus lies on children’s perspectives on matters that affect them. Skills aiming to strengthen children’s roles as actors receive much attention. Students will learn to critically scrutinize, analyse and discuss political, cultural and scientific statements and assertions about children and childhood.

Child Studies is a full-time programme that has one year and two-year options. Students who wish to study one year are eligible to apply for a Master Degree in Child Studies (60 credits) after successfully completing the first two semesters. Students who wish to study the subject in depth should successfully complete all four terms of study to be eligible to apply for a Master’s Degree in Child Studies (120 credits).

During the first semester students will be introduced to the interdisciplinary field of Child Studies with a special focus on historical, anthropological and sociological perspectives. These areas of knowledge are later studied more in depth, in relation to specific research problems such as:

  • the rights of children
  • children, parenthood and family life
  • children’s health and development in a global world
  • children, gender and sexuality
  • migration, integration and multiculturalism
  • children, culture and the media.

Students will learn to apply a large number of methodological approaches. Both the one year and the two-year options include conducting an independent study and writing a thesis.

Instruction takes place in the form of online distance learning combined with shorter campus-based periods at Linköping University. The sessions on campus – three on the first year and two on the second year- are mandatory. In connection with these sessions, conferences and workshops will be arranged. During these meetings students will have the opportunity to network with researchers. The programme can also be offered as a campus-based education.

Career opportunities

Student of the master’s programme in Child Studies will be prepared for a career within higher education and research, as well as professional work within governmental and non-governmental organisations that deal with the conditions for children and/or youths. The programme provides professionals working in education, culture, politics social work etc. with in-depth and up-to-date knowledge regarding questions dealing with children.

Programme facts

  • Degree: Master of Social Science with a major in Child Studies
  • Language: English
  • Duration: One/two years, 60/120 credits
  • Pace of study: Full-time
  • Campus: Online and Linköping
  • Application code: LIU - 91001
  • Application period: 15 Oct - 15 Jan
  • Start date: August / September

Tuition fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

All others: SEK 95,000 (approx. USD 14,000/EUR 10,400) per academic year

Programme specific requirements

A bachelor’s degree in the humanities, social sciences or behavioral sciences with a major (or its equivalent) in a field relevant to the programme, e.g. anthropology, communication studies, education, history, language studies, media studies, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.

Each applicant must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor's essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor's essay or project, then their letter of intent should describe previous studies and any other academic activities related to the master's programme.

All supporting documents, including the letter of intent and the specific paper, should be sent to University Admissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE-833 83 Stroemsund, Sweden.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
Full time
95,000 SEK
Jan. 15, 2017
Late applications might be considered.
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Linköping
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2017
Late applications might be considered.
End date Request Info
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Price 95,000 SEK
All others (per academic year); Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees