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.
MA Trauma Studies is ideal if you are looking towards or already working in counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, police/probation/prison services, education, NGOs or as emergency service staff.
It 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 a supervised research project of your choice. 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.
You will learn experientially through group learning, workshops and seminars as well as through lectures aimed at developing your personal awareness, skills and knowledge. We strive to create a small vibrant learning community where we learn from each other, and also run a seminar series linked to this course.
International students can apply for the short-term study visit visa for this programme.
Academic English preparation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent. You could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.
This course recruits every two years so the next available start date is September 2020.
The taught element of this course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over two years part-time. 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.
You will start your dissertation project during semester two, which will run alongside the taught elements of the course.
Year one core modules
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.
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.
Year two 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.
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.
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 various online timetable systems.
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.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that 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. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
Each 30-credit module is assessed through an assortment of tasks, including written assignment, verbal presentation, poster production, book or policy review.
Assignment tasks are set according to your learning objectives and you are encouraged to develop assignments around their own specialist field of interest. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.
The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work focusing on a research topic associated with your area of practice.
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.
Average starting salary and career progression
99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will 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.
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.
Scholarships and bursaries
See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.