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Trauma Studies (MA)

Course Description

The MA Trauma Studies programme addresses the wide range of needs of professionals who work in settings where people are experiencing, or have experienced trauma. Increasingly, it is recognised that adopting a person-centred approach offers flexibility in addressing the complex, challenging, intercultural needs of those who have experienced trauma in a diverse range of contexts.

Participation in the programme will enable you to develop, extend and deepen your knowledge of theory and practice.
It will also help you to develop expertise in psychosocial aspects of helping, psychotherapy and counselling work within a variety of settings and for work with individuals, groups and communities experiencing trauma.

The programme will employ an inclusive notion of trauma. You willbe able to draw from the broad range of existing knowledge, skills and research of staff in the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth. You will learn experientially through workshops and seminars aimed at developing your own personal awareness, therapeutic skills and knowledge.

Course Content

The MA Trauma Studies can be completed in one year full-time or two years part-time, and is designed to be accessible for working professionals. The MA involves two 60-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation.

• Theories for Practice: Issues and Contexts
• Research Applications and Methods: Individual, Group and Organisational Contexts.

Each 60-credit module is assessed by submission of a portfolio. The portfolio is comprised of a range of assignment tasks selected and identified to match your own specific learning needs. Prior to submission of the portfolio, you will collaboratively engage in a process of combined formative tutor, peer and self assessment.

The dissertation is an original piece of research and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or equivalent) agreed with your academic tutor.

Completing the course on a full-time basis will require you to attend taught classroom sessions for a total of 10 full days per semester. For part time 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.

Visit the Trauma Studies (MA) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.2 (or international equivalent) in the helping professions. Candidates with qualifications other than an approved 1st degree who have at least 1 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. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Last Updated

10 November 2016

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details

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