Postgraduate Study

Members of the Centre for Children’s Rights have acquired considerable expertise in teaching and supervising students within areas associated with substantive children’s rights issues and in participatory research methods with children and young people.

The Centre for Children’s Rights welcomes proposals from students considering PhD study. In addition it welcomes students considering taught programmes at postgraduate level.

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Doctorate in Education (EdD)

The EdD is a partly taught and partly research-based Doctorate in Education which has proved to be both successful and convenient for senior professionals in education and related fields. Modules relevant to children’s rights and participatory research include: Researching Children and Young People in Educational Settings, Education and the Law; The International Human Right to Education: Concepts and Issues.

Doctorate in Childhood Studies (DChild)

The DChild is a multi-disciplinary doctoral degree programme.  It is designed to allow experienced professionals who either work with, or have an interest in children and young people to further their studies and professional development whilst still retaining their current jobs.  It will be of particular relevance to those working in the fields of child health and welfare, social work, social policy, juvenile justice and youth and community work. Modules with a specific children’s focus include: Children’s Rights: Research and Practice; Childhood, Rights and Justice.

MSc Children’s Rights

The Masters in Children’s Rights is an inter-disciplinary masters developed as part of a suite of programmes in childhood studies, under the Improving Children’s Lives Initiative. The course provides students with the opportunity to work with academics, professionals and other students from health, psychology, social work, criminology, philosophy, education and law backgrounds. It has two core modules:

  • Children’s Rights: law, theory and practice.
  • Children’s Rights-Based Research Methods.

Beyond this students will be able to select modules focusing on children’s rights issues offered across a range of Schools within the University. Each module is delivered by a recognised specialist in the field. The course includes online and blended learning, with a few days attendance at the university, and has been designed to enable students to fit study around work or travel and is therefore accessible to students outside of Northern Ireland.