MA Trauma Studies

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Trauma Studies

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


Providing an opportunity to understand the nature of psychological trauma, this course offers a rich, diverse foundation for working in the field of trauma for a broad range of professional disciplines.

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.

This course is ideal if you are looking towards or already working in counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, police/probation/prison services, education, NGOs or as emergency service staff.

It 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 a supervised research project of your choice. 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.

You will learn experientially through group learning, workshops and seminars as well as through lectures aimed at developing your personal awareness, skills and knowledge. We strive to create a small vibrant learning community where we learn from each other and also run a seminar series linked to this course.


  • Dr Gary Winship (contact for academic enquiries)
  • Professor Stephen Joseph
  • Professor Stephen Regel

Key facts

  • 200 years of experience in the field of education
  • 4th in the UK and 22nd worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent

Course details

The taught element of this course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over two years part-time, plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.

Your attendance will typically be equal to five full days each semester/three months (two Friday-Saturday blocks and one Friday). You will start your dissertation project during semester two, which will run alongside the taught elements of the course.


Each 30-credit module is assessed through an assortment of tasks, including written assignment, verbal presentation, poster production, book or policy review.

Assignment tasks are set according to your learning objectives and you are encouraged to develop assignments around their own specialist field of interest. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work focusing on a research topic associated with your area of practice.


To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:


  • Start date: 24 September 2018
  • Application deadline: 13 August 2018

UK and EU

  • Start date: 24 September 2018
  • Application deadline: 3 September 2018

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.


Year one


  • Practice Perspectives on Dealing with Trauma: Skills and Pathways to Managing and Working Trauma
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Defining Trauma: Developmental Sociopsychology and the Impact of Trauma

Year two


  • Research Applications: Evidence, Methods and Professional Development
  • Trauma and the Community: Perspective on Group, Community and the Organisational Contexts to Trauma


  • Dissertation

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in a helping-related discipline; other degrees also considered where the applicant has at least one year of practice providing trauma-related support

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 12, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
2 years
Part time
7,290 GBP
£7,290 (UK/EU) - £16,695 (international)
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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