Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Childhood Studies

This course aims to enable experienced professionals working with children, and/or young people, to extend their professional experience, and develop skills in research, evaluation, and evidence informed practice. Students are required to take 8 taught modules, 4 of which are core and 4 of which are chosen from a menu of options, plus a research thesis. The modules are designed to ensure that students acquire interdisciplinary, theoretical and methodological research knowledge within the field of Childhood Studies.

Entry requirements

A primary degree (or equivalent recognised qualification) and normally an appropriate higher-level qualification; professional experience in a field related to children and/or youth services which normally should not be less than 3 years; candidates should also have references to support their application; applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification.

Course modules

Core modules: Sociological approaches to understanding children and childhood; psychological approaches to researching childhood; qualitative research: methods, data and theory; quantitative research: methods, data and theory; optional modules: Children's rights: research and practice; childhood, rights and justice; pathways and outcomes for children in care; critical perspectives in early childhood; youth and adolescent perspectives; contemporary issues/research in developmental psychology; the professional as researcher; survey methods in education; experimental methods in educational research; researching children and young people in educational settings; philosophical and ethical issues in educational research; narrative and arts based research approaches.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assignments (maximum 5,000 words); thesis of 45,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,730 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate office, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Telephone number: 
028 9097 5117