Course Description

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.

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.

Course Content

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

Dissertation in Safeguarding and Security (core, 60 credits)

Policies, Regulatory framework for Safeguarding (core, 20 credits)

Social Responsibility and Interventions (core, 20 credits)

Vulnerabilities and Risks (core, 20 credits)

Criminological Research Methods (alternative core, 20 credits)

Further Research Methods (alternative core, 10 credits)

Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions (alternative core, 20 credits)

Cybercrime and Cyber Security (option, 20 credits)

Explaining Violence (option, 20 credits)

Law, Policy and Ethics (option, 20 credits)

Psychopathology (option, 20 credits)

Resilience and Mindfulness (option, 20 credits)

Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People (option, 20 credits)

Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Interventions (option, 20 credits)

Treatment Interventions (option, 20 credits)

Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy (option, 20 credits)