MA in Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies (MICRACS)


MA in Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies (MICRACS)- II level degree 2023 - 2024 The MA is to be overseen by the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair. Post-graduate students are invited to join this developing international network of researchers and engaged scholars and practitioners.

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Study Programme

The MA program is led by the Chair in Social Pedagogy and the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair at the Institute of Education. The MA is to be overseen by the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair which aims to become an international research centre of excellence on social pedagogy, democracy in practice and the philosophy of Janusz Korczak. Post-graduate students are invited to join this developing international network of research active and engaged scholars and practitioners.


This internationally focussed MA will examine current social theories and practices within globally diverse childhoods as compared against the historical and contemporary understanding of human rights. Gaining the contemporary and historical understandings of children, childhood and child rights, students will engage with international academics, researchers and practitioners to critically explore policy, project outcomes, case studies and innovative projects in order to develop their own critical leadership in working with children and young people to change society.


The MA program bridges theoretical knowledge and practical experience to enhance student’s professional knowledge, leadership and research skills, creativity and network for co-operation and collaboration. Gaining an understanding of how to use available resources within a sustainable, rights-based framework prepares graduates to consolidate a global outlook with grassroots approaches. Collaborating with national and international institutions for project implementation and management within different countries provides graduates with the necessary leadership and project management skills for career development and guiding institutional reform.

Core 6 Modules#

  • Pedagogical Module (PM)
  • Legal Module (LM)
  • Medical Module (MM)
  • Social Policy Module (SPM)
  • Practical Module (Practicum)
  • Individual Development Module (IDM)

The 6 Modules address 4 main themes

  • Theories of Childhood and Society
  • Children's Rights – Philosophy, History and Practice
  • Social Pedagogy and the Study of Contemporary Social Problems
  • Child’s welfare, wellbeing and development

Elective Streams o EAP

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Language Preparation @ PEARSON CENTRE

Social Pedagogy/Korczak certification @ UNESCO JK Chair International Summer School

Holocaust Education @ UNESCO JK Chair

Graduates who complete the MA degree are expected to be well equipped to take on a range of academic and professional roles internationally and within their home country. Building upon previous studies and experience, graduates may choose to electives from within the streams of Academic/Research, Advocacy/Project Management and Practitioner. The MA program is highly suited to professionals and practitioners seeking positions of leadership and management in children’s and youth services; education; health; legal; social policy and care; and non-government organisations.


Graduates of the MA will gain a deeper theoretical understanding and practical tools for their work as educators, pedagogues, health and social workers and as child advocates within NGOs. Expected outcomes relate to graduates developing the diverse knowledge, skills and competencies to:

  • Understand how the local and global intersect in the context of policy and practice in a variety of international settings
  • Conduct creative projects and research in participation with children in educational and community settings
  • Critically analyse policy, organisations and professional practice based on nuanced understanding of children’s rights, democracy and power
  • Contribute to public debate on challenging issues such as child labour, role of technology and democratic education
  • Identify socio-historical influences and explore innovative approaches within local contexts for collaboration with diverse participants in working with and for children
  • Employ innovative methodological tools and a range of research skills to compare and critically analyse national and international socio-educational issues
  • Undertake institutional reform, socio-educational and democratic projects, under the auspices of the theory and practice of Janusz Korczak (*eligible for professional certification)
  • Promote Social Pedagogy as a disciplinary field of policy and practice (*eligible for professional membership)

The MA program also provides a dynamic entry into this growing field of academic scholarship, with graduates being rigorously prepared for English-speaking roles as policy advisors, university lecturers, researchers or to pursue further doctoral study. With electives on the arts, media and culture, the MA takes a creative approach in encouraging graduates to employ innovative and exciting models within the fields of communication, technology, community building and project design.

Meet the MICRACS Team here