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Children's Rights, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #180 (QS) ,
This programme meets the increasing demand for a postgraduate qualification in Children's Rights, explicitly focused on interdisciplinary research and child rights-based research methods.

About

The programme aims to provide high-level knowledge and skills in children's rights law and practice of value to those working with and for children, including public officials and NGOs as well as educators, social workers and health care providers.

The programme will develop your expertise in two distinct but interconnected areas:

Children's Rights - using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant international standards to evaluate the laws, policies and practices which affect children

Research with Children - evaluating the best methods of conducting research into children's lives with a particular focus on approaches which involve children actively in the research process.

The course will provide you with a thorough grounding in these two areas and the opportunity to explore a range of contexts in which these perspectives can be used to better understand children’s lives and secure improved outcomes for children.

Children's Rights Highlights

Our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REf, 2014).

Industry Links

  • We have extensive links with local charities and NGOs and can provide some opportunities for students to undertake relevant research. This may be of particular interest if you want to gain experience in the children’s sector, perhaps to secure a job or to change position.
  • Internationally Renowned Experts

    • This programme is linked to the Centre for Children's Rights (CCR), which has an international reputation in the area of children's rights with a focus on the implementation of children's rights, child participation, education, social care and the children with disabilities. The CCR has a vibrant community of PhD students undertaking research in a range of issues and in several countries.
    • The programme features input from leading international Children's Rights scholars at Queen's and from around the world.

    Student Experience

    • The programme has been designed to enable students to pursue individual interests and to maximise the range of modules available to students.
    • The programme is designed to meet the needs of local and international professionals and is delivered via blended and online learning.
    • Credit transfer Students who have completed other Master’s-level awards, eg PGCE, within the last 10 years are eligible to transfer credit.

    Career Prospects

    There is increasing demand for high-level skills in interdisciplinary research, participatory research methods and knowledge of children's rights. Professionals within children/human rights-focused NGOs, public officials, educators, social workers and health professionals who work with children should find this degree beneficial. The MSc is a good foundation for students wishing to pursue their own research through doctoral study.

    Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

     

    Programme Structure

    Core Modules

    • An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education
    • Childhood and Youth Research in Practice
    • Children’s Rights in Research
    • Foundations of Children’s Rights
    • Perspectives on Childhood and Youth

    Optional Modules

    A range of optional modules enables you to choose further research methods modules and a range of substantive children’s rights modules including issues such as social work, disability, education and philosophical perspectives. 

    • Children’s Rights and Conceptions of Childhood
    • Education, the Law and Children’s Rights
    • Qualitative Research in Childhood and Youth

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Credits
      180 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      Blended, Online

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:

      90

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    • Minimum required score:

      6.5

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Recommended score: Upper Second Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    • A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline. 
    • Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      15700 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      5500 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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    Living costs for Belfast

    • 561 - 890 GBP/month
      Living Costs

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