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Course overview

Nobody is immune to trauma; it can affect everyone in some form or another. Understanding the nature of psychological trauma is paramount in helping those who are suffering the most. It's a challenging and complex occupation, but has many rewarding and life changing moments.

Our Trauma Informed Practice MA provides you with the core knowledge and theory needed to become a professional in the field of trauma. You'll explore models of psychological trauma and consider how trauma impacts on mind and body. 

You will enhance your knowledge of childhood trauma and adversity, as well as understand the life-long implications this can have on person’s wellbeing.

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

Upon completion of the course, you'll be equipped with the skills of understanding trauma and have the capacity to develop research and evidence based practice to help those who are suffering. 

See what our previous student say about their experience of the course.

Why choose this course?

Opportunity to join

National Association of Trauma Specialists upon graduation

Active seminar series

featuring distinguished visitors in your field from across the world

Top 50

in the world for education

Learn from experts

who are internationally recognised for their research in this area

200 years

of experience in the field of education

3rd in the UK

with 84% of research considered world-leading or internationally excellent

Course content

The taught element of this course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. You will take two core modules each year. You will then have an eight-month period to complete your dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.

Your attendance will typically be equal to five full days each semester/three months (two Friday-Saturday blocks and one Friday). International students can apply for the short-term study visit visa for this programme. 

Tutors

Modules

Core modules

Theoretical Perspectives on Defining Trauma: Developmental Sociopsychology and the Impact of 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: Skills and Pathways to Managing and Working 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.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Core modules

Research Applications: Evidence, Methods and Professional Development

This module will build on theory and knowledge learned in the first two modules to examine in more depth the research underpinnings of trauma studies. You will also be asked to critically evaluate evidence supporting theoretical models and therapeutic ways of working.

The module introduces you to the issues and research ideas that inform trauma studies and trauma informed practice, and as such provide the conceptual foundations for you to begin planning your dissertation. You will learn about a range of methodologies used in trauma research, from qualitative methods to quantitative methods.

The module will help you develop your skills of critical evaluation, conceptual knowledge, and research planning. This process is facilitated through in-depth exploration of your own professional issues in relation to the learning and knowledge that arises from the module.

Trauma and the Community: Perspective on Group, Community and the Organisational Contexts to Trauma

This module will build on theory and knowledge learned in the first two modules to examine in more depth, the research underpinnings of trauma studies. You will examine the different contexts in which trauma presents in individuals and groups to community and cultural perspectives.

Dissertation

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 above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

You can view an example PDF timetable, however this is subject to change year on year and your live timetable will be available via the online timetable system.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • Group study
  • Workshops

We have a blended approach to learning, which includes block days of face-to-face teaching, as well as remote tutorials and supervision sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on sharing experience, generating knowledge and co-constructing, we encourage you to bring your own experiences to class.

How you will be assessed

  • Presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Dissertation
  • Literature review
  • Coursework

The most common approach to assessment is through written assignments. However, we also have a range of different assessment modes that are intended to help you develop as an academic practitioner, and demonstrate your capabilities.

You must achieve a pass of at least 50% on each assignment to complete the masters. 

Contact time and study hours

Each module includes an equivalent of 40 hours of teaching (face-to-face contact), plus 270 hours of independent study, assignment preparation and tutorial support. We recommend you dedicate around eight to twelve hours per week for reading, researching, writing, preparation for class etc.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Undergraduate degree2:2 (or international equivalent) in a helping-related discipline
Work experienceApplicants 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

Applying

The next intake for this course is 2022, applications are not yet open.

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply

Fees

Qualification MA
Home / UK £8,500
International £20,000

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, we do not anticipate any extra significant costs, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies which you would need to factor into your budget.

Funding

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate funding

Careers

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Graduate destinations

Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors.

A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Career progression

94.3% of postgraduates from the School of Education secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £28,280.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020, using methodology set by The Guardian. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates
" Never has there been a better time for practitioners to be trauma informed. I’m privileged to lead a course where I have the chance to collaborate with front-line practitioners who are working across a wide range of settings covering many different disciplines. On the course we aim to build knowledge and understanding, but always with the awareness that this information might save lives. Both in preventing trauma and helping people to recover from the trauma they have experienced. "
Dr Gary Winship, Course Leader

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This content was last updated on Tuesday 20 April 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.