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Postgraduate study

Course overview

You develop the professional skills and knowledge appropriate to your area of educational interest, so you can continue your professional, educational and personal development by consolidating, enhancing and extending your disciplinary expertise, experience and abilities.

The course requires high levels of personal responsibility and self-direction, and you work with complex knowledge, theory and concepts appropriate to postgraduate study.Specifically, the programme aims to:

  • enable you to focus on a particular aspect of education (trauma-informed practice) that will be of value to your professional development
  • develop your capacity to operate as reflective professionals in trauma-informed educational settings
  • enhance opportunities for you to consider your professional development in order to consolidate previous learning to inform future career paths
  • enable you to plan, manage and evaluate your own learning as independent lifelong learners
  • enable you to become confident, critical, creative, adaptable, articulate and aspiring through
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to postgraduate study and professional practice

These aims are integrated across the whole programme and synthesised in your final dissertation.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules


You work closely with an allocated supervisor, who is matched to you based on the topic area of your dissertation, to conduct research into an area appropriate to your course route. You review relevant literature and select appropriate research methodology. As part of the MA in Education (Trauma Informed Practice) route, the topics explored within the Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research and the Dissertation modules are chosen by you, but they must be around current debates and issues in trauma informed practice.

Educational Research: Practice and Planning

This module equips you with the knowledge and skills you require to undertake systematic primary research in the field of education as part of your Advanced Independent Study module.

It explores and questions the uses and applications of research methodologies, data collection methods, data analysis methods and issues of ‘good practice’ including reliability, validity and ethics.

There will be 32 hours of tutor support available through workshops, project supervision etc. but the module will emphasise your autonomy in determining, in a reflexive manner, appropriate decision making and independent learning.

Understanding Childhood Trauma

This module will consider how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact children and young people with regards to their physical and mental health, educational outcomes and life chances. Theories of typical and atypical child development will be discussed, types of trauma will be examined and related to the impact they have on children and young people's social and emotional development and behaviour. There will be a focus on relational and developmental trauma, the stress response system, toxic stress, the damage this causes and the life-long repercussions.

Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research

You develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to undertake a literature search and plan a literature review, in preparation for your dissertation. You discuss the importance of literature reviews in the research process, in your chosen area of knowledge or professional practice. The formative assessment is a literature search which you carry out individually and discuss in seminars. The summative assessment is a 4,500-word essay, where you compare and contrast two approaches to literature review, and reflect on, and critique, your chosen literature-search strategy. This is100% of your final mark.

Working with Traumatised Children

You consider what steps need to be taken to help children and young people cope with adverse childhood experiences, manage their emotions and behaviours, improve their physical and mental health and well-being, develop resilience and other strategies to survive and thrive both in their education and future. Various approaches (psychological, physical and educational) to working with traumatised children will be examined and applied to the community, school and home.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

A range of learning and teaching methods are used so that the learning outcomes can be explored in-depth in a variety of ways. Lectures will provide the information that will be built on in workshops and seminars where a more interactive and exploratory approach will be taken. You will be able to consider your own practice and reflect in groups and individually in order to apply theory to practice. Tutorials will be available with a member of the course team on some modules and with your designated personal tutor throughout the course. You are expected to engage in independent study and are supported to investigate aspects of educational practice. There will be the opportunity for students to work together outside of the face-to-face sessions through the use of the virtual learning environment where there will be additional information and guidance and discussion boards for synchronous and asynchronous dialogue.

How you are assessed

The course has adopted a range of assessment methods that allow you to take different approaches to exploring the learning outcomes and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding and postgraduate skills in a variety of ways. These include written assignments, a literature review, a debate, a presentation, a research proposal and a dissertation.


Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of a 2:2 at undergraduate degree level and experience of working with children, young people and families.

In exceptional cases applicants who are able to demonstrate suitable significant experience and/or further study may be considered for the programme, and may be asked to attend an informal interview to assess their suitability. A written record of the informal interview will be kept in order to provide evidence of particular recommendations.

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Career opportunities

You should develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and a range of new skills which will enable you to apply what you have learnt effectively in the workplace. This expertise could lead to greater specialisation and more senior roles with the profession.

Successful completion could lead to progress onto the Doctorate of Education.


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2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£6,100 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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2021/22 entry

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£680 for each 20 credits

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Stand out from other job applicants with your higher level qualification, specialist knowledge and expanded networks.



Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.



The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018,



Study in our friendly town-centre campus with over £270m recently invested and another £300m over the next 10 years.


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