MAS Children's Rights
PeriodFebruary 2025 - December 2026
Registration deadline31 December 2024
CHF 2'000.- per module. For registration for individual modules, please contact the secretariat.
- Acquire extended and specialised knowledge in children’s rights in their theoretical and practical dimensions
- Deepen understanding of the role of international instruments on children’s rights in the implementation and monitoring processes
- Develop critical thinking on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Acquired detailed knowledge of children’s rights in the fields of law, sociology, psychology, culture and economics, including differences in gender and culture
- Be able to adopt a critical approach to understanding the origins, nature, limits and implementation of children’s rights from an international and interdisciplinary perspective
- Increase their skills in collaborative and independent learning via the resolution of intellectually challenging tasks in order to improve problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
- Learn relevant theoretical, methodological and analytical techniques and develop skills in order to identify and contribute to resolving issues and problems relating to the realisation of children’s rights
- Improve their presentation and advocacy skills via the production of seminar presentations, discussion papers, essays and project work dealing with particular issues in children’s rights
- Develop the necessary tools to use human rights standards and mechanisms at a national and international level
7 week-long modules:
- Module 1 Children's Rights and Childhood Studies (Online learning)
- Module 2 International Children’s Rights Law (University of Geneva)
- Module 3 Child Protection Strategies and Policies (Online learning)
- Module 4 Children’s Rights and Migration (Online learning or University of Geneva)
- Module 5 Child Labour and Education (Online learning)
- Module 6 Children’s Rights and Criminal Justice (Online learning)
- Module 7 Children’s Rights Policy Implementation and Monitoring (Valais Campus - Sion)
Prof. Karl HANSON, Centre for Children's Rights Studies (CIDE), University of Geneva
Being embedded within such a distinctive setting, and benefit of the strong ties of the UNIGE with the many international governmental and nongovernmental Geneva-based organizations, the MCR Programme exposes students to international expertise with unique networking opportunities. Lectures are given by international experts in the field of children’s rights from the academic world, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental institutions. The participation of these prominent academics and highly skilled field experts with various types of expertise and from different countries ensures multidisciplinary and cultural perspectives on children’s rights.
The programme takes place over a two-year period and requires participants to attend seven-week long modules (three modules will be delivered online and four will be residential) combined with completion of exercises and examinations based on the required readings. Students are also expected to write a paper, to complete a group project, to participate in an external seminar or conference and to write a master thesis dissertation. A team of professors and academic staff members will guide them through the process.
It is worth highlighting that for those not able to complete the MCR programme, the following two options are on offer:
- to attend single modules and received a certificate of attendance
- to combine two modules of your choice and receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Children Rights (See CAS below).
- University degree (or judged equivalent)
- At least two years of professional experience relevant to the programme
- level of proficiency in English
Prof. Karl Hanson, Prof. Daniel Stoecklin, Dr. Roberta Ruggiero and Elena Patrizi, Centre for Children’s Rights Studies, University of Geneva
Prof. Abdeljalil Akkari, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva, Alan Kikuchi-White, SOS Children's Villages International, Elena Patrizi, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Geneva’s Centre for Children’s Rights Studies, Prof. Maya Hertig Randall, Faculty of Law, UNIGE, Paola Riva Gapany, International institute for the Rights of the Child (IDE), Dr. Yvan Droz, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies IHEID
The registration fee is CHF 150.-
The total tuition fee for the two-years Master of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights (MAS) is CHF 15000.- (approximately 13.730,5 EUR / 15.208,7 USD).
This sum is for the MAS and does not include travel or living expenses.
The tuition fee for a single module student (certificate of attendance) is CHF 2000.-
The tuition fee for two modules with two exams and final paper (12 ECTS Credits) granting a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights (CAS) is CHF 5000.-
As the director of an NGO that focuses on the rights of children, I have found the course extremely relevant and helpful for my work. It has challenged my own perceptions of children and childhood and has grounded me with a good working knowledge of the CRC. The interdisciplinary approach of the program has broadened my perspective immensely. (James Jolley)
The MCR was an excellent opportunity to broaden my own understanding of children’s rights, especially within an international context, while simultaneously creating friendships with other like-minded professionals from all over the world. The privilege of being in an academic setting amongst professionals with expertise in their individual fields created a stimulating environment to reflect upon and learn about pertinent issues in children’s rights. I looked forward to each module and consider myself privileged to study at this stage of my career. I would recommend the MCR programme to anyone who is wanting to solidify their knowledge base, challenge themselves and meet an interesting group of people. (Kelley Bunkers)
It is an extremely useful programme for professionals interested in children’s and human rights. The theoretical knowledge gained is sure to enhance the practical work of the participants. (Deepak Paj Sapkota)
This is a high quality part-time course that represents a unique opportunity to learn with and from internationally-recognised professionals concerned with children’s agency. Children around the globe deserve to have adults who are not just concerned about their rights but who have the in-depth knowledge necessary to help them to realise these rights. (Evelyn Winkler)
The MCR professors, staff and classmates have added a new dimension to my thinking about how we can positively impact the lives of children throughout the world. The synergy of the brainpower in our classroom is electrifying. (Sherry Sacino)
The MCR provides a great richness in its diversity. Participants and lecturers from all sorts of backgrounds and disciplines are involved in working towards one unifying goal – to understand and raise our children in a spirit of respect for their human rights. (Alice Durgnat Levi)
The programme combines competence, professionalism, conviviality and the pleasure to learn and has provided me with technical knowledge, rigorous thinking on sensitive issues and an open mindedness that are all extremely precious in the exercise of my profession as an advocate. It’s practical and theoretical content, that have been enriched with personal exchanges amongst students and with lecturers, allow me to approach with pertinence and acuteness a broad range of issues regarding children. (Andrée Millet)
After participating in the MCR Programme, I decided to embark on a PhD research project on children's participation. Thanks to the MCR, I got access to a strong and reliable network of academics and key NGO staff members who have all been really helpful for developing my research. (Carine Le Borgne)
The programme offers the possibility to multiply and advocate children's rights in a very holistic and global human rights context. (…) Joining the programme is a must for professionals who work with and for children. (Sandra Stössel)