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MSc (T) Children's Rights

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Children's Rights

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

EDU-MSC-CR

UCAS Code

JACS Code

X300 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification 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.

Non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) 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 yrs.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

N/A

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Prof Phil Jones

Institute of Education, London

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

Students must complete 180 CATS points (120 CATS points from taught modules plus 60 CATS points from completing a Master’s dissertation).

Part-time students would normally take 60 taught credits in years 1 and 2 and complete the dissertation in year 3. Students should normally have obtained 120-CATS points in the taught modules before undertaking an individual research project and submitting a dissertation.
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Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes

Most modules are assessed by coursework assignments which are designed to address the masters- level criteria published in the course handbooks. The pass mark is 50%.

Successful completion of a module requires a minimum attendance of 70% at all planned teaching sessions.

Dissertations must be of between 15,000 and 20,000 words in length. They must be typed and bound. In relation to the presentation of the dissertation, the publication (format, printing quality and binding) of the thesis must follow the requirements set down in the Dissertation Handbook.

Students who fail one or more taught modules are permitted one further attempt to pass at the next available opportunity for a maximum mark of 50%. Candidates who pass all the taught modules but who fail to achieve a mark of at least 50% in the dissertation shall be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Children’s Rights. The School permits one attempt at dissertation resit for a maximum mark of 50% to be awarded the degree of MSc.

Mark Scales
For Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s Degree results there is a common mark scale as follows:
70+ Pass with distinction*
60+ Pass with commendation
50+ Pass
Below 50 Fail
*For Master’s Degrees, a pass with distinction will be awarded only when the following three conditions have been satisfied: an overall average of 70+ is achieved and a mark of 70+ is achieved in the dissertation module and an average of 65+ is achieved in the other modules.

Exit points
Postgraduate Certificate in Children’s Rights
Students must complete 60 CATS points from taught modules. At least 40 credits should be from core modules, including the 20 credit module Foundations of Children’s Rights.

Postgraduate Diploma in Children’s Rights
Students must complete 120 CATS points from taught modules. Students may accumulate 120 CATS points from modules in this pathway, which should include the two 10 credit introductory modules, and the subsequent 20 credit modules Foundations of Children’s Rights and Children’s Rights Based Research Methods. Students should also strongly consider completing 20 CATS points by taking the Research Methods Introduction module as this will allow them to most easily go on to the Master’s degree.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On successful completion of the masters programme, students will be able to:

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legislation, policy, practice and theory of children’s rights;

analyse and apply critically examples of the research literature relating to the content of the programme;

show evidence of reflection on their experience and professional practice (where appropriate);

demonstrate transferable skills such as writing and research skills;

demonstrate knowledge of a range of research methods for working with children and young people;

choose fit-for-purpose methods for a research project within the context of their own interests and / or professional role;

demonstrate engagement in the processes of research planning, data collection and analysis (as appropriate), and research reporting.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

analyse complex situations using concepts derived from literature;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Core modules model, from the outset, the
application of various forms of expertise to complex situations.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

to identify, understand, interpret and evaluate arguments made by others and to construct independent arguments.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Module assignments enable students to engage in detail with specific examples of literature and disciplines, and to discuss their own specialism in greater depth.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

demonstrate engagement in the processes of research planning, data collection and analysis (as appropriate), and research reporting;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Several research methods modules and a
research-based dissertation ensure students build their confidence in relation to using research with children and young people.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework & Dissertation

work with a range of students and academics from different disciplines;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Inter-disciplinary modules provide students with opportunities to work with others from outside their discipline. Some assignments offer students the chance to reflect on this aspect of the course.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

identify relevant sources of information and to manage such information in an independent manner.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

N/A

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legislation, policy, practice and theory of children’s rights in a range of contexts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic
approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and on- line support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus experience a range of perspectives on childhood and youth.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

demonstrate a critical understanding of the research literature relating to children’s rights;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assignments cover a range of tasks to ensure students are able to apply core knowledge about children’s rights in a variety of contexts.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

demonstrate knowledge of a range of research methods for working with children and young people.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

N/A

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

choose fit-for-purpose methods for a rights- respecting research project with children and/or young people within the context of their own interests and/or professional role

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Several core and optional modules include input from a variety of academics working in different disciplines, thus providing students with an opportunity to understand the children’s rights perspective in the context of other approaches to working with children and young people.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

analyse and apply critically examples of the research literature relating to children’s rights;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assignments provide opportunities for students to reflect on their own experience in relation to the literature and a children’s rights framework for analysing situations. Several modules introduce, explore and extend students’ understanding of research in the field of children’s rights and assignments build an ethical framework for rights respecting research.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

understand the contribution of a children’s rights perspective to the broader field of improving children’s lives;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Several core and optional modules include input from a variety of academics working in different disciplines, thus providing students with an opportunity to understand the children’s rights perspective in the context of other approaches to working with children and young people.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

show evidence of reflection on their experience and professional practice (where appropriate) in relation to children’s rights.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assignments provide opportunities for students to reflect on their own experience in relation to the literature and a children’s rights framework for analysing situations. Several modules introduce, explore and extend students’ understanding of research in the field of children’s rights and assignments build an ethical framework for rights respecting research.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework - assignment

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Education, The Law and Children's Rights

EDU7034

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation

EDU7999

7

60

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Perspectives on Childhood and Youth

EDU7216

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood and Youth Research in Practice

EDU7217

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Foundations of Children's Rights

EDU7219

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Children's Rights in Research

EDU7220

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood Adversity

PSY7077

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Qualitative Research with Children and Young People

SOC9049

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Economic Impact of Childhood Interventions

NUR7021

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

20%

10%

An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education

EDU7250

7

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Children's Rights and Conceptions of Childhood

EDU7258

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes