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International Child Rights and Development MA

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Our International Child Rights and Development MA is a multidisciplinary course that will equip you with the academic and applied skills to explore how we can protect the rights of the most vulnerable children in society. You'll gain a deeper insight into what the possibilities are for working with, or on behalf of, young people in national and international contexts, and scrutinize how we can address the most pressing social issues related to childhood. This International Child Rights and Development MA is the only programme of its kind in the UK. It offers a unique blend of theory as well as being highly applied, enabling you to put the theory into practice. You'll enhance your academic understanding of international child rights and development, and reinforce your experience of working with vulnerable children in humanitarian aid, international development, policy and practice. You'll also get plenty of opportunities to learn from the best in the field, build your network, and be supported with bespoke career advice. This course is for UK and international graduates and professionals, wanting to obtain a global and holistic perspective on child rights and protection.

Key benefits

  • Study a curriculum focused on international child rights and development that is unique in its own right
  • Study a curriculum with a unique approach that's highly applied while covering theory in detail.
  • Explore the latest research and policy developments in issues that affect childhood globally.
  • Learn from experts in policy analysis, child protection law, social work, medicine and NGOs.
  • Learn from leading academics in sociology, anthropology, social policy, health, and education, who are actively involved in cutting-edge research.
  • Develop the rigorous academic skills needed to carry out interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research with young people
  • Enhance your critical and interdisciplinary understanding of childhood issues to work effectively with young people in national and international work settings.
  • Gain a critical understanding of childhood in relation to broader social, political and cultural contexts. Exchange ideas and experiences with students from different disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Benefit from small-class teaching in a lively and supportive environment.

With this International Child Rights And Development MA, you’ll benefit from our interdisciplinary academic approach to contemporary issues of childhood internationally. We will teach you cutting-edge theories in childhood studies and children's rights, and rigorous research methods for working with young people, including participatory approaches. By engaging with multidisciplinary teaching from child rights and development experts, you’ll develop the academic and practical skills needed for both professional practice and academic research. You’ll be able to apply this to your work with young people in complex contexts, such as conflict and displacement. Throughout this International Child Rights And Development MA, you will learn from research-active lecturers as well as professionals and policymakers that work with children nationally and internationally. You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, who are experts in their fields. This combination of teaching will expose you to a wealth of experience from specialists in the worlds of policy analysis, child protection law, social work, medicine and NGOs - as well as academic expertise in sociology, anthropology and social policy. Furthermore, by engaging with both key theories on childhood and experience from the field of practice, you will critically understand childhood in relation to broader social, political and cultural contexts. You will also be able to discuss effective strategies and policies to effectively work with them. You can expect to draw upon a range of disciplines during this International Child Rights And Development MA, including sociology, social policy, psychology, education, health, and law, to further cement your expertise. By focusing your assignments and dissertation, you can tailor your studies to your own interest in development and child rights. Thanks to our small class sizes, you’ll get the opportunity to really get to know teachers and other students. This creates an inspiring environment, where you’ll exchange ideas and experiences with a diverse cohort of peers, coming from a range of disciplines. When you graduate, you’ll become part of our alumni network that includes graduates who work at UNICEF, Fordham Institute, and Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. A significant proportion of teaching on the course is delivered by expert external lecturers, both academics and practitioners. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work, and an indicative split of how this work is divided is below.

Per 30-credit module: The teaching contact time for each 30-credit taught module is typically 30.5-32 hours. In addition, each will involve 1 hour of supervision/Q&A time. The typical teaching contact time for each 30 credit taught ‘Education’ optional module is 20 hours. Teaching sessions will usually include lectures, and teacher-led and student-led group discussion based on the main areas of study. You will have 267-280 hours of self-study

Dissertation: You will receive 22 hours of research methods training. You may also choose to take research methods as an optional module. You will also receive 6 to 8 hours of dissertation workshops, and you are entitled to up to 9 hours of individual dissertation supervision. You will have approximately 561-563 hours of self-study.

 

Assessment

    Although assessment methods may vary between modules, we will normally assess you though essays, reports, presentations, research proposals and case studies. We will assess your dissertation module through a 16,000-word piece of writing.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take the following modules:

    • Children’s Rights (30 credits) • Child Protection (30 credits) • Dissertation (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of options that may include:

    • Child Health & Development (30 credits) • Research Methods (30 credits) • Global Childhoods (30 credits) • A student may take up to 30 credits from the MA Education programmes or other programmes offered at King’s College London, at the discretion of the programme director to determine that the learning outcomes will be consistent with the learning outcomes of the programme and subject to the spaces available and the permission of the module leader of the external module. Please note: you may transfer across PGCE Master’s level credits if taken within 10 years of your completion date of this MA course. If you do, you will only need to take the number of credits required to bring your total for the course to 180, including transferred credits. Fees will be proportionally reduced by the number of credits accepted for transfer e.g a student transferring 60 credits into the 180 credit MA will pay 2/3 fees. If you work for a School accepting teacher training students from King’s College London you may be entitled to a fee reduction.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    In addition to progressing to PhD study, our graduates are using the skills and knowledge they developed over this course in organisations such as UNICEF, World Vision, the Thomas B.

    Fordham  Institute,  Children  and  Families  Across  Borders  and  DG  ECHO (the  Humanitarian  Aid  arm  of  the  EU).

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

     

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies 
    • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • library fees and fines 
    • personal photocopies 
    • printing course handouts 
    • society membership fees 
    • stationery 
    • travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements 
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    With this International Child Rights And Development MA, you’ll benefit from our interdisciplinary academic approach to contemporary issues of childhood internationally. We will teach you cutting-edge theories in childhood studies and children's rights, and rigorous research methods for working with young people, including participatory approaches. By engaging with multidisciplinary teaching from child rights and development experts, you’ll develop the academic and practical skills needed for both professional practice and academic research. You’ll be able to apply this to your work with young people in complex contexts, such as conflict and displacement. Throughout this International Child Rights And Development MA, you will learn from research-active lecturers as well as professionals and policymakers that work with children nationally and internationally. You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, who are experts in their fields. This combination of teaching will expose you to a wealth of experience from specialists in the worlds of policy analysis, child protection law, social work, medicine and NGOs - as well as academic expertise in sociology, anthropology and social policy. Furthermore, by engaging with both key theories on childhood and experience from the field of practice, you will critically understand childhood in relation to broader social, political and cultural contexts. You will also be able to discuss effective strategies and policies to effectively work with them. You can expect to draw upon a range of disciplines during this International Child Rights And Development MA, including sociology, social policy, psychology, education, health, and law, to further cement your expertise. By focusing your assignments and dissertation, you can tailor your studies to your own interest in development and child rights. Thanks to our small class sizes, you’ll get the opportunity to really get to know teachers and other students. This creates an inspiring environment, where you’ll exchange ideas and experiences with a diverse cohort of peers, coming from a range of disciplines. When you graduate, you’ll become part of our alumni network that includes graduates who work at UNICEF, Fordham Institute, and Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

    Base campus

    waterloo-banner
    Waterloo Campus

    Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

    We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. A significant proportion of teaching on the course is delivered by expert external lecturers, both academics and practitioners. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work, and an indicative split of how this work is divided is below.

    Per 30-credit module: The teaching contact time for each 30-credit taught module is typically 30.5-32 hours. In addition, each will involve 1 hour of supervision/Q&A time. The typical teaching contact time for each 30 credit taught ‘Education’ optional module is 20 hours. Teaching sessions will usually include lectures, and teacher-led and student-led group discussion based on the main areas of study. You will have 267-280 hours of self-study

    Dissertation: You will receive 22 hours of research methods training. You may also choose to take research methods as an optional module. You will also receive 6 to 8 hours of dissertation workshops, and you are entitled to up to 9 hours of individual dissertation supervision. You will have approximately 561-563 hours of self-study.

     

    Assessment

      Although assessment methods may vary between modules, we will normally assess you though essays, reports, presentations, research proposals and case studies. We will assess your dissertation module through a 16,000-word piece of writing.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take the following modules:

      • Children’s Rights (30 credits) • Child Protection (30 credits) • Dissertation (60 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of options that may include:

      • Child Health & Development (30 credits) • Research Methods (30 credits) • Global Childhoods (30 credits) • A student may take up to 30 credits from the MA Education programmes or other programmes offered at King’s College London, at the discretion of the programme director to determine that the learning outcomes will be consistent with the learning outcomes of the programme and subject to the spaces available and the permission of the module leader of the external module. Please note: you may transfer across PGCE Master’s level credits if taken within 10 years of your completion date of this MA course. If you do, you will only need to take the number of credits required to bring your total for the course to 180, including transferred credits. Fees will be proportionally reduced by the number of credits accepted for transfer e.g a student transferring 60 credits into the 180 credit MA will pay 2/3 fees. If you work for a School accepting teacher training students from King’s College London you may be entitled to a fee reduction.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      In addition to progressing to PhD study, our graduates are using the skills and knowledge they developed over this course in organisations such as UNICEF, World Vision, the Thomas B.

      Fordham  Institute,  Children  and  Families  Across  Borders  and  DG  ECHO (the  Humanitarian  Aid  arm  of  the  EU).

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

       

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies 
      • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • library fees and fines 
      • personal photocopies 
      • printing course handouts 
      • society membership fees 
      • stationery 
      • travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements 
      • graduation costs

      Funding

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