Key Programme Information
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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
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MSc Children's Rights
Speaker - Laura Lundy, Programme Director
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.
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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.
Assessment & Feedback
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.
Learning and Teaching
A combination of face-to-face sessions and online learning formats.
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.
Please note: The closing date for applications to this programme was Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 4pm. Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
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. 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.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - 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
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Tel: 028 9097 5923
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
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.
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Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Normally self-funded, although the School may offer a limited number of scholarships. For any available funding please see the Scholarships page on the School website.
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