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. Through the course we explore alternative conceptions of childhood and consider children's 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.