This Masters degree 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. It will meet the increasing demand for a postgraduate qualification in Children's Rights, explicitly focused on interdisciplinary research and child rights-based research methods.
The aim of the programme is 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 participants' 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 programme features input from leading international children's rights scholars at Queen's and from around the world.
Blended Learning: The programme is designed to meet the needs of local and international professionals and is delivered via blended and online learning.
Choice: The programme has been designed to enable students to pursue individual interests and to maximise the range of modules available to students.
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (3 years) basis. Individual modules may be studied as a short course. Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.
This MSc is part of a suite of four programmes in childhood studies offered by the University. There are two short compulsory modules (10 CATS) which run across all four programmes and which provide students with an initial opportunity to consider these four disciplinary perspectives and to work with students and staff from these four areas.
The MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete 120 CATS points from the taught modules and a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation (60 CATS points).
Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.