Trauma Studies MA

 
  

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Qualification
MA Trauma Studies
Duration
2 years part-time, plus dissertation
Entry requirements
Candidates should normally hold an approved first degree in the helping professions with at least second class honours (or equivalent).
Other requirements
Candidates with qualifications other than an approved first degree who have at least one year of practice providing trauma-related support are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis, subject to approval at Faculty level. A supporting essay of 3000 words, demonstrating suitability for postgraduate study, will be required to support an application.

English Language requirements: One of the below, or alternatively, taking an appropriate Presessional English Course at the University`s Centre for English Language Education and achieving PASS WITH MERIT in Academic English Level 2.

IELTS
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 2016 and then alternating years
Campus
Jubilee Campus
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

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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This course starts in September 2016 and is available for part-time study over two years. The next start date will then be September 2018.

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 provides an excellent opportunity to understand the nature of psychological trauma. The course delivers a rich diverse theoretical foundation for working in the field of trauma for a broad range of professional disciplines. 

The 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.

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

You can also find more information on our links to the NHS and Clinical Services at the CTRG website.

We run a seminar series linked to this course. View our upcoming seminars.

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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 will be September 2016 and then 2018.

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 students 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.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to hold an approved first degree in the helping professions with at least second class honours (or equivalent).

Candidates with qualifications other than an approved first degree who have at least one year of practice providing trauma-related support are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis, subject to approval at faculty level. A supporting essay of 3,000 words, demonstrating suitability for postgraduate study, will be required to support an application.

If your first language is not English, you must achieve either:

  • an overall score on the IELTS test* of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element
  • a pass with Merit on a preparation course at the Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham

* Please note IELTS test scores have a shelf life of two years. You are required to have a current and valid IELTS test score for entry to this course.

How to apply

Please go to the University's How to Apply webpages for further information.

To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following deadline applies:

Application deadlines
Mode of study Students Start date Application deadline 
Part-time Home/EU and International 26 September 2016 1 September 2016

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.

 
 

Modules

The expected modules are as follows:

Assessment

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 (12,000-15,000 words) on an approved topic.

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

Up to date fees information and advice on funding opportunities can be found on our student fees and finance website.

UK/EU students

Opportunities for postgraduate funding through internal and external sources can be viewed on The University of Nottingham 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. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. 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.

 
 

Careers

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 2014, 91.9% of postgraduates in the School of Education who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,833 with the highest being £39,000.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

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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