The MA in Childhood Studies addresses the span of childhood from birth to the age of 12. The course provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to pursue, or develop further, their skills and careers as practitioners or researchers working with children or providing services for them. It is designed to appeal to professionals working in education, social work and health care who would value a deeper understanding of the theoretical issues relating to their professional concerns, and it also constitutes a good preparation for students who plan to study for a higher-level research degree such as a PhD.
An interdisciplinary approach is central to the MA in Childhood Studies, which is taught by a core course team with expertise in sociology, psychology, history, social policy, social and health care, early childhood and education studies.
The School of Education at Oxford Brookes is one of the largest schools of education in the UK, combining high quality teaching and significant research and consultancy activity in an outstanding location, with superb sporting, recreational and study facilities.
As a Postgraduate student you will be joining a university which is a major contibutor to the improvement of education and learning, locally and nationally. The School of Education is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through its seminar and lecture programmes, including the high profile Oxford Education debates. We are proud to be co-sponsors of the Oxford Academy, a community secondary school, where Oxford Brookes staff and students provide practical support to pupils and teaching staff.
Our Harcourt Hill campus offers all the benefits of a complete academic community on one site. Academics work alongside students from a wide range of backgrounds, and with the support of a caring and efficient administrative staff, provide a rich and diverse intellectual and social environment.
Full-time: MA: 12 months' attendance plus 6 months' dissertation write-up time); PGDip and PGCert: 12 months
Part-time: MA: 24 months' attendance plus 6 months' dissertation write-up time); PGDip: 24 months; PGCert: 12 months
The MA in Childhood Studies comprises nine modules of study. There is a compulsory single module, Researching Childhood, and a compulsory triple Dissertation module.
There are five additional modules required. These may be modules designed specifically for the MA in Childhood Studies, which are:
* Conceptions of Childhood
* Learning and Development in Childhood
* Children's Imaginative Worlds
* Children in Families and Communities
* Working with Children and Families
They can also be from acceptable modules in related programmes in education (for example the Advanced Early Years specialism), social and health care, and social policy.
Throughout the course we explore alternative conceptions of childhood and consider childrens lives and experiences through the social, economic, technological and global contexts in which they are situated. We also explore the expanding role of services for children, the challenges this provides for practitioners and policy makers, and the ways in which these services position children and their families.
We work in close partnership with hundreds of schools and colleges and other organisations.
As our courses are reviewed regularly, course content and module choices may change from the details given here.
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All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.