Psychological trauma affects almost everyone at some point in their lives, be it through loss, accident or illness. Professionals from a wide range of backgrounds work with traumatised people.
- What is psychological trauma?
- Why are some people affected, but not others?
- Is posttraumatic growth possible?
- How can people be helped?
The MA Trauma Studies provides an excellent opportunity to understand the nature of psychological trauma. The course delivers a rich diverse theoretical foundation for working in the field of trauma for a broad range of professional disciplines. The course will benefit those looking towards, or are already, working in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, probation or prison services, education and NGOs.
Anyone who comes into contact with traumatised people and wants to know more about how to address the complex, challenging, intercultural needs of those who have experienced trauma can benefit from the course.
The programme will enable you to develop, extend and deepen your knowledge of theory and practice relevant to your own work and build towards a Masters level qualification through your own choice of supervised research project. You will be able to draw from the broad range of existing knowledge, skills and research of staff and colleagues in the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth (CTRG).
You will learn experientially through group learning, workshops and seminars as well as lectures from the staff aimed at developing your own personal awareness, skills and knowledge. Our aim is to create a small vibrant learning community where we learn from each other.
This course is available for part-time study only over two years. The next start date will be September 2016.
The MA comprises of two 60-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation. There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit points.
The modules are as follows:
- Traumatic Stress: Theories for Practice:Issues and Contexts
- Research Applications and Methods: Individual, Group and Organisational Contexts
Part-time 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.
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 specific learning needs. Prior to submission of the portfolio you are collaboratively engaged in a process of combined formative tutor, peer and self assessment.
Assignments are graded numerically. To complete the Masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment.
For award of the MA, you must also complete a 60-credit dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) on an approved topic.
For the MA Trauma Studies you would normally be expected to hold an approved first degree in the helping professions with at least second class honours (or equivalent).
Candidates with qualifications other than an approved first degree who have at least one 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 test of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element
Please visit the course website for further information.