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Masters degrees in Probation teach postgraduates the skills needed to supervise criminal offenders, and then support their rehabilitation and reintegration into society after punishment.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Working with Young Offenders and Social Policy. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Social Science or Criminology.
Probation is a key step in helping ex-criminals to become safe, sensible members of society. Courses encourage you to explore a range of counselling and mentoring techniques to support individuals through this transitional phase.
Depending on your interests, you may wish to specialise in the kinds of individuals you work with, from young offenders through to adult and elderly offenders, as well as those suffering from psychological disorders and other vulnerable people.
Your studies will also consider the current provision of services, public policy, and the ethics and hazards of your role. You’ll examine the ways in which probation officers work with other professionals, such as social workers, counsellors, families and teachers.
Traditional careers include forensic roles, but may also involve community support work, public administration and policy-making.
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Ideal for practitioners, managers and policy makers, the MSc Working with Adult and Young Offenders is the first of its kind in the UK with a specialist focus on the theory and practice of offender management. Read more
This taught Masters degree provides a distinctive programme for those who are currently working with offenders in probation, prison, youth justice, policing or community settings, as well as those who are aspiring to work in the criminal justice sector. Read more
The MSc has been designed to provide an in-depth study of Criminal Investigation, and develop critical and analytical skills involving the principles, practices and techniques of Criminal Investigation. Read more
Kent's MA in Social Work offers you the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in social work alongside a Master’s degree. Read more
This course is suitable if you want a JNC-approved qualification or if you are working in a community or education setting working predominantly with young people. Read more
We welcome applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Social Work and Social Policy. Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. Read more
Taught by those with academic and professional experience in the subject, this course will develop the student’s ability to understand the criminal justice system, at both theoretical and operational levels, from UK and international perspectives. Read more
Minimising conflict, violence and aggression within educational, health and social care settings, particularly mental health and forensic settings, has become an integral part of the professionals role. Read more