Qualification name:Trauma Studies
Duration:Part time 24 Months
Entry requirements:Candidates should normally hold an approved first degree in the helping professions with at least second class honours (or equivalent).
Including:In this instance, the "helping professions" include teaching, counselling, emergency service staff, police, nursing, psychotherapy, medicine, and other professions allied to mental health such as social work and criminal justice
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)
Start date:September 2016 and then alternating years
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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This course is available for part-time study only over two years. The next start date will be September 2016.
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.
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:
|Mode of Study ||Students ||Start Date ||Application Deadline |
||Home/EU and International
||19 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.
The expected modules are as follows:
- Theoretical Perspectives on Defining Trauma
- Practice Perspectives on Dealing with Trauma
- Trauma and the Community
- Research Applications
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.
Up-to-date fees information and advice on funding opportunities can be found on our student fees and finance website.
International and EU students
The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, 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 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.