Trauma Studies MA


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MA Trauma Studies
2 years part-time plus dissertation
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent) in a helping-related discipline
Other requirements
Applicants with a degree in any other discipline must have at least one year of practice providing trauma-related support and will be considered on an individual basis
6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September 2018
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course provides an excellent opportunity to understand the nature of psychological trauma, delivering a rich diverse theoretical foundation for working in the field of trauma for a broad range of professional disciplines.
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Psychological trauma affects almost everyone at some point in their lives, be it through loss, accident or illness. Professionals from a wide range of backgrounds work with traumatised people.

The MA Trauma Studies course will benefit those looking towards, or are already, working in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, probation or prison services, education, NGOs, emergency service staff and police.

Anyone who comes into contact with traumatised people and wants to know more about how to address the complex, challenging, intercultural needs of those who have experienced trauma can benefit from the course.

The programme will enable you to develop, extend and deepen your knowledge of theory and practice relevant to your own work and build towards a masters level qualification through your own choice of supervised research project. You will be able to draw from the broad range of existing knowledge, skills and research of staff and colleagues in the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth (CTRG).

You will learn experientially through group learning, workshops and seminars as well as lectures from the staff aimed at developing your own personal awareness, skills and knowledge. Our aim is to create a small vibrant learning community where we learn from each other. We also run a seminar series linked to this course.

View our student profiles page to see what our students thought of the course.


Key facts

  • We are ranked 4th in the UK and 22nd in the world for education by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • In the latest Research Excellence Framework we ranked 3rd in the UK with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent
  • All of our Research Excellence Framework submission relating to research impact and research environment was considered to be world-leading - our school is the only education submission to achieve this

Course details

This course is available for part-time study only. The taught element takes two years, there is then an eight-month dissertation period. The next start date is September 2018; the course does not have a start date in 2017.

The MA comprises of four 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation. There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points.

This is a part-time only course and your attendance will be equal to five full days each semester.

The classroom teaching for the module taught in semester two will be completed before June. You will commence your dissertation project during semester two which will run in parallel to taught elements of the course.


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of a 6,000 word or equivalent portfolio. The portfolio is comprised of a range of assignment tasks selected and identified to match your specific learning needs. Prior to submission of the portfolio you are collaboratively engaged in a process of combined formative tutor, peer and self-assessment.

Assignments are graded numerically. To complete the masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment.

For award of the MA, you must also complete a 60-credit dissertation of 15,000 words on an approved topic.

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply on entry for exemption for credit requirements of the course. Please visit our ROL pages for further information.



The expected modules are as follows:

Theoretical Perspectives on Defining Trauma

This module will introduce you to the theory and knowledge central to the role of the professional working in the field of trauma studies. Historical perspectives and theoretical models will be reviewed. It will consider the major resilience and vulnerability factors that influence how people respond to trauma, and how that may impact on the process of recovery.

Practice Perspectives on Dealing with Trauma

This module will introduce you to the literature on treatment and intervention with groups and individuals will be reviewed. Literature on recovery and growth following adversity will be reviewed. The process of self-reflection and critical self-analysis by the helping professional is central to the development of effective working relationships in the field.

This module will also help you develop your self-awareness and self-knowledge. This process is facilitated through in-depth exploration of the nature and effect of difference on self, other and relationship, and the phenomenology of trauma. Particular attention will be paid to developing advanced interpersonal skills.

Trauma and the Community

Content to be confirmed.

Research Applications

Content to be confirmed.


This involves the researching and writing of a substantive piece of scholarship within the field of the course.

You will choose a topic in consultation with your course leader and an appropriate supervisor. The topic will normally be based on interests and skills you have developed in the course of the modules already studied.



The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Funding information is available on the school website. Funding information can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary and secondary school teachers and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study and study for professional development within their chosen career.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 91% of postgraduates in the School of Education who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

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