Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Education (Children's Rights)

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. 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 2 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.

Entry requirements

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 2 years' of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context. Applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria, but have an academic qualification which the School deems acceptable and relevant to the course of study applied to, will be considered on an individual basis. Such applicants will be required to demonstrate extensive (at least 5 years') professional experience in an education, training or other relevant context. This professional experience must have been acquired within the ten years preceding the date of application. International students 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. 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.

Course modules

Core modules: Childhood and youth research in practice; foundations of children's rights; children's rights-based research methods; perspectives on childhood and youth; research methods introduction. Optional modules: Childhood adversity; childhood disability and rights; children's rights and conceptions of childhood; children's rights and social care; children's rights and pedagogy; economic impact of childhood interventions; education, the law and children's rights; qualitative research in childhood and youth; quantitative research in childhood and youth.

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

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School of Education
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