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The first course of its kind in the world, our Safeguarding in an International Context Master’s degree is ideal for agencies involved with the protection of people. Delivered completely by distance learning, you can study from home, making it accessible worldwide. Safeguarding children and safeguarding vulnerable adults are issues which involve multi-disciplinary, inter-agency working. Issues such as trafficking of people and international collaboration between agencies are high on the global agenda. International safeguarding involves a variety of topics that can be explored in this programme. As this course incorporates modules from a variety of Schools across the university, you’ll be able to follow a path which is of personal interest to you or will be of use in your area of employment.


The course is delivered totally on-line. The UCLan library will give access to on-line books and journals. Each module will have dedicated Blackboard space.

Each module has an assessment. All assessments must be passed with a minimum mark of 50%.


  • Accessible world-wide
  • Study at home - totally distance learning
  • Increase employability internationally
  • Study in a truly multi-disciplinary environment


  • To promote the evolution of an safeguarding specialist who is adaptable and responsive in recognising international safeguarding issues.
  • To promote the development of a safeguarding specialist, who is socio-politically aware of international safeguarding issues, has the values, attitudes, skills, knowledge, professional confidence and personal motivation commensurate with safeguarding practice.
  • To support students to critically reflect and synthesise evidence-based outcomes to support effective problem-solving and decision-making skills within a multidisciplinary arena.
  • To ensure that personal, professional and educational development needs are met through the provision of a range of learning opportunities informed by scholarship, professional activity, advances in technology and research.
  • To promote independent, shared and autonomous learning.
  • To promote students awareness of global issues in safeguarding


The course can be undertaken over 2-5 years, exiting with a Master of Science (180 credits). It consists of some core modules, which have to be taken by each student. These include a research module and an introductory module in either safeguarding children or safeguarding vulnerable adults in an international context. Students will also undertake either a dissertation or a psychology project in their final year. These modules equate to 100 credits. There will, therefore, be 80 credits of option modules, depending on the students area of interest. If students do not wish to progress to a Masters Degree, there will be exit awards available: Certificate (60 credits) or Diploma (120 credits).

Visit the Safeguarding in an International Context - MSc page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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