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About the course

This programme meets the increasing demand for a postgraduate qualification in Children's Rights, explicitly focused on interdisciplinary research and child rights-based research methods.

The programme aims 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 your 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

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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 two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

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Student Profile(s)


3591.jpg [[Why did you choose to study at Queen's University?]]
I studied both my undergraduate degree and my PGCE at Queen’s. I had already experienced the high quality teaching and felt very at home at Queen’s.

I decided to opt for the MSc in Children’s Rights because it fitted perfectly with both my personal and professional interest. As a politics teacher I already had a keen interest in the rights of the child. The online nature of the course offered a lot of flexibility, which meant I could balance the masters with my job and other commitments.

[[Is the course what you expected?]]
The course has exceeded my expectation; I have found the modules both interesting and very relevant to my role as a teacher. I was apprehensive about the online nature of the course but the videos from the lectures have been so informative and the discussion forums are easy to use.

[[What have you found most interesting?]]
I just absolutely love learning about children’s rights. Before I started the course I thought learning about the UNCRC would be a bit dry but now I find myself quoting articles and relating articles of the convention to current issues on the news. The courses has made me realize how little at times we consult with young people and also how we could better engage with children and young people.

[[What is your experience of the teaching support and student facilities at Queen’s?]]
The teaching staff has been very professional, experts in their fields and also very engaging. The online element of the course has been excellent, the videos and other resources allowed me to study at home. I feel the blend between face to face and online learning has worked well for me and has effectively enabled me to study at Master’s level while working.

[[Where are you in your career at the moment?]]
I am a qualified teacher and like many others I am finding it very difficult to get a more permanent post. I felt the Masters allowed me to continue my professional development whilst still gaining as much experience in the classroom as I could.

[[What do you plan on doing after the course?]]
Whilst I would still like to teach, the course has opened my mind to considering other professions in the children’s sector. This Masters is so relevant to so many different fields, education, health, youth work, social work, research, the list goes on.

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