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.

Link here to video entitled, 'Why Study Children's Rights at Queens University Belfast.'

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

(first entry 2014-15, subject to final approval)

The Masters in Children’s Rights is an inter-disciplinary masters being developed as part of a suite of new programmes in childhood studies, under the Improving Children’s Lives Initiative.  It will have two new core modules (subject to final approval):

  • Children’s Rights: Law, theory and practice
  • Children’s Rights-Based Research methods.

Beyond this students will be able to draw on modules focusing on children’s rights issues offered across a range of Schools within the University. Each module will be delivered by a recognised specialist in the field.