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Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding MSc

Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Child Protection Residential Care (Social Work)

Course type


Course Summary

This course is now more relevant than ever, with recent changes in safeguarding legislation (i.e. the Care Act 2014), and the impact of high-profile enquiries, such as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham and Child Sexual Abuse. Offered on a full-time or part time basis, it's ideal for professionals who want to improve their knowledge and practice when working with vulnerable people. This unique, multi-disciplinary programme attracts working professionals in a range of areas and roles. Our postgraduate students include social workers, nurses and midwives, early years professionals, police officers, and doctors who want to become experts in safeguarding. The course also appeals to analytical people who enjoy problem solving and want to add to research in this vital area. We attract graduates from a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology and education. Your peers will help you develop a greater understanding of the challenges faced by the safeguarding system.

Our teaching team are leaders in their fields. They come from different professional backgrounds and are actively involved in research. At Bucks we have a strong reputation for conducting safeguarding research, evaluation and consultancy to a range of organisations and government bodies. Because of the multi- disciplinary nature of the teaching staff, you will finish the course with a strong understanding and wide- ranging knowledge of safeguarding. We are currently the only university offering a MSc in safeguarding exploring both children and adult content, which gives you a broader basis for your research and future career path. We use current best evidence to inform your decision making, whether in policy or practice.

Career Prospects: Safeguarding children and adults is an extremely rewarding career that makes a big difference in the lives of society's most vulnerable members. When you graduate from this course, you will be able to advance your current career, change careers into a role more specifically focused on safeguarding. You'll also be in the position to pursue further academic research. After completing this course, you can expect to work in roles of increasing seniority within your profession, or to work for local authority Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Boards. NHS Trusts/CCGs, local authorities, voluntary/charities and schools have specific roles for those qualified in safeguarding. Bucks graduates have gone on to roles including: Safeguarding Leads; Local Authority Designated Officer; Head of Safeguarding; Policy Adviser (Skills for Care); NSPCC Research Officer; Policy Advisor for NGOs; Some of our graduates choose to continue their education by completing a PhD. Continuing your education gives you the opportunity to develop your skills further and research your area of interest. Students will have exit Awards - PGCert Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding with 60 Credits and Postgraduate Diploma PGDip Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding with 120 Credits.

Different course options

Full time | High Wycombe Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Comparative Safeguarding Studies
Critical Practice in Safeguarding
Leadership, Management and Professional Issues
Postgraduate Dissertation

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an second-class honours degree in a related field or discipline. We also consider candidates with professional qualifications and directly relevant work experience. Because this isn't a practice-based course, you don't have to be currently working with vulnerable people to be accepted as a student.

University information

Bucks New University is a friendly, vibrant place to study. It has over 125 years experience of providing employer-lead higher education, having started out in 1891, running evening classes for the local community and retraining soldiers into new employment. Today, the university still focuses heavily on employability, with courses which blend together academic teaching with professional and practical elements. There is an on-going commitment...more