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Children's Rights

Overview
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.

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 and international 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.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/ccr
•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 for those working, or wishing to work with or for, children 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.

Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:

Learning and Teaching Methods
A combination of face-to-face sessions and online learning formats.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Graduate
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.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st July 2019.
Late applications may be considered.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
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.

Further enquiries

Dr Bronagh Byrne 
Programme Director and Director, Centre for Children's Rights
SSESW
email: b.byrne@qub.ac.uk

Professor Laura Lundy 
Professor and Director, Centre for Children's Rights
SSESW
email:L.Lundy@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

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.

Youth Justice
Education, the Law and Children's Rights
Qualitative Research in Childhood and Youth

In addition, you may choose modules from the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, and Psychology.

Comment

Learning and teaching
Face to Face and Online Learning
A combination of face-to-face sessions and online learning formats.

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.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/ccr
• 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.

Assessment method

There are no written examinations. A variety of assessment methods will be used including assignments, online tests and participation in workshops. Students will have the option of undertaking research work for external organisations to submit as part of their dissertation.

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2019

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