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MSc in Childhood Studies

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All those interested in Childhood Studies are most welcome to attend our  events series 'Making rights real for children: learning from South America', in Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and Stirling. Professor Irene Rizzini, from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is providing this series as the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor. More information and how to sign up can be found at CRFR's website here
Thanks to everyone for making our annual Childhood Studies Jamboree such a success! Interactive workshops on hand-on research with children and young people created a dynamic event. Comments from participants include:
"Loved it! I learned about the experiences of participatory research both the pleasures and the pitfall. Thank you!"
"Fantastic thinking about ethics and dilemmas. Love the idea of ‘band manager’ to support co-design. Met some very inspiring people and learning about creative methods."
"The real world dilemmas and issues of research with children and young people. "
The application deadline for this programme is 13th July 2018.

A Message on behalf of Professor Kay Tisdall, Programme Director

Welcome to the web pages for the MSc/Diploma in Childhood Studies at the Graduate School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.  On these pages you will find key information about our well established degree programme.

The MSc/Diploma in Childhood Studies is an intensive interdisciplinary degree, designed to explore issues such as child law and how it is implemented through policy and practice, and the

implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) for child welfare, disability, education, family studies, juvenile justice, social policy and social work. We specialise in learning about children's human rights and how to involve children in research meaningfully and ethically. 

If the answer to one of the following questions is yes, then the MSc in Childhood Studies is the learning experience and degree qualification you are looking for.

We have recently developed these pages, and you can follow the links in the right hand menu to find out more about the programme, its content, and possible opportunities for funding. If, after reading these pages, you have further queries about the programme, please contact me (contact details, below).

What our students say

I find it extremely interesting from my perspective as a teacher - especially regarding the legal position of children on various matters.

The sessions are open to discussions; this too is a very good feature which enables people to express their views and learn from each other.

I was accepted for the course as a "non standard entrant" as, I do not have an undergraduate degree. I have however spent all of working life in and around child welfare and it was because of this experience that I was able to be considered for acceptance.

See 'What Students Have to Say' page for further views of students.

For queries on programme content, courses and other matters, please write to Professor Kay Tisdall. Further information is also contained in the degree handbook.

Entry Requirements

The normal 'academic' requirement for entry is:

Further, we will also consider other relevant experience, academic and other. This includes:


An official transcript and certificate (if the degree has been awarded) is required upon application.

How to Apply

Further guidance on how to apply is available on the Graduate School website. Please feel free to contact the Programme Director with any further queries.

Fees and Scholarships

Bologna Compatibility

Like all University of Edinburgh Masters programmes, the degree is fully Bologna compatible, and is recognised across Europe and beyond under the principles of the Bologna framework. The programme comprises 180 Edinburgh credits, which are equivalent to 90 ECTS credits.


Edinburgh4Learning offers an intuitive and easy to use funding information tool which allows students to search using a series of handy drop-down lists. Students can access the Edinburgh4Learning portal direct from the Scholarships and Student Funding Services website. Registration requires a valid university of Edinburgh e-mail address and in a matter of moments students can access numerous funding opportunities to help them during their studies.