Safeguarding and Security - MA

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Why study this course?

Our Safeguarding and Security MA will offer you the opportunity to study in an established and interdisciplinary environment. You'll develop a strong conceptual framework for exploring contemporary safeguarding issues at theoretical and practical levels. 

This course will provide a valuable continuation to undergraduate study of sociology, criminology, psychology and related disciplines, allowing you to apply your academic knowledge in an arena of current and controversial debate.

More about this course

Our MA course will familiarise you with the contemporary debates and policy initiatives surrounding the identification and protection of vulnerable populations. The course will guide you through the factors that lead to societies constructing and recognising categories of vulnerability, eventual legislative responses and practical protection. You'll reflect critically on the identification of people and populations who are most at risk and gain an understanding of the relevance and practicality of resilience strategies.

This course will enable you to view a range of adult and child safeguarding interventions from the perspectives of cultural violence to the criminalisation of the vulnerable. You'll understand how social inequalities and health care problems impact on vulnerable populations and learn to employ research methodologies for evaluation of violence and institutional abuse. 

Your knowledge of multi-agency approaches and interdisciplinary focus will give you a competitive advantage in your career. You'll be able to work in areas including child and adult protection, health and social care, risk management, non-governmental organisations, local authorities, civil service, policy research and private sector management.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through coursework and a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words. The dissertation forms a key element of your master's degree. It allows you to gain in-depth knowledge of your chosen topic and is to be completed over the summer study period.

Fees and key information

Course type
Postgraduate
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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum of a lower second class (2.2) honours degree in a relevant discipline of social sciences such as criminology, sociology, law or psychology or possess relevant professional qualifications.
  • a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Applications are also welcome from those who have experience working in the criminal justice system.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications, please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

You may be accepted on to Year 2 or 3 of the course based on relevant education and experience. Accredited prior learning can also be accepted for modules in a relevant subject.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

  • Policies, Regulatory Framework for Safeguarding
  • Social Responsibility and Interventions
  • Vulnerabilities and Risks
  • Criminological Research Methods
  • Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions
  • Further Research Methods
  • Dissertation in Safeguarding and Security
  • Safeguarding Children and Adults
  • Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People
  • Explaining Violence
  • Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy
  • Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Interventions
  • Law, Policy and Ethics
  • Psychopathology
  • Resilience and Mindfulness
  • Treatment Interventions
  • Cybercrime and Cyber Security

After the course

Career opportunities are available across the private and public sectors, local authorities, civil organisations working with vulnerable children and adults, safeguarding adult boards (SAB) and the justice system.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply online button to begin your application.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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