Advanced Child Protection at University of Kent - UCAS

Course summary

Our Advanced Child Protection MA is a distance learning programme which runs on a part-time basis for two years. It provides practitioners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take a child-centred approach to their practice and working life. Overview The MA and other postgraduate courses in Advanced Child Protection attract national and international students with a variety of experiences in child protection. It provides students with the opportunity to access a diverse pool of knowledge in an environment that allows you to question and excel. Reasons to study Advanced Child Protection at Kent

  • Benefit from access to the Centre for Child Protection's award-winning training simulations and innovative learning tools.
  • Our flexible study programme includes distance-learning and part-time options enabling you to study while working.
  • Learn from high-quality video lectures from experts and leading academics.
  • Receive online access to academic journal articles, book chapters and e-books.
  • Study at a Centre which has worked in partnership with the NSPCC, the NHS, the Home Office and Kent Police (Special Branch).
  • Share learning with students who are multi-agency child protection practitioners working in health, education, social care, law enforcement, humanitarian crisis and community-based organisations.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to share knowledge and hear the latest research in the field.
What you'll learn Our MA gives a 360-degree perspective on child protection, introducing you to the viewpoints of academics, practitioners, organisations, parents, children and young people, integrated with contemporary research theory and policy. You'll understand the impact that technology has on protecting children, and consider the effect of the globalisation of the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable children. During your studies, you are encouraged to develop advanced communication skills, reflective analysis and the critical use of research. We also promote the confident use of direct work skills with adults and children. Standalone modules It is possible to study certain individual modules from the MA on a Standalone basis. Each of our postgraduate standalone modules takes 10 weeks to complete and is equivalent to 20 credits at Master's level. They provide a taster and introduction to studying at the Centre for Child Protection, and if you wish to continue studying, you can use the credits from your taster modules to work towards a qualification in Advanced Child Protection (PCert, PDip or MA). However, please note that to join the postgraduate programme, you need to meet our entry requirements (detailed below). For further information about standalone modules, including costs, see the Centre for Child Protection website.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Compulsory modules currently include SOCI9261 - Understanding Social Research (20 credits) SOCI9270 - Definitions, Prevalence, Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect (20 credits) SOCI9280 - Contemporary Child Protection Practice and Policies (20 credits) SOCI9290 - New Perspectives on Assessment and Observation (20 credits) SOCI9310 - The 'Unconscious at Work': The Organizational Dimensions of Risk-Management (20 credits) SOCI9950 - Dissertation Child Protection (60 credits) Optional modules may include: SOCI9300 - Support, Help and Intervention (20 credits) SOCI9790 - Support, Help and Intervention in International Child Protection (20 credits)

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods ensure that theory and research relate to contemporary professional practice.

How to apply

International applicants

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision. English language entry requirements For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. If you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path and these cases are assessed individually. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Advanced Child Protection at University of Kent - UCAS