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.