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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Child Protection Studies (Distance Learning)

This Advanced Child Protection Studies (Distance Learning) programme from University of Birmingham is designed to develop students’ specialist knowledge within the field of child protection and safeguarding.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1.5 years (Full-time MSc)
2.5 years (Part-time MSc)
2 years (Part-time PGDip)
1 year (Part-time PGCert)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £10,170 for the MSc
£6,780 for the PGDip
£3,390 for the PGCert
Location: Online

This Advanced Child Protection Studies (Distance Learning) programme from University of Birmingham aims to equip you with advanced knowledge that will enable you to work effectively in the field of child protection, whether this is in the area of practice, management, research, or service development. It aims to facilitate the development of higher-level critical analysis skills, and to develop your capacity for knowledge-informed practice and more original thinking in relation to the complex issues that arise in the contested field of child protection.

The Advanced Child Protection Studies programme is designed to appeal to the more experienced professional already engaged in this area of activity – for example in social work, policing, law, education, nursing and health. However, those with an academic interest in the area (for example social policy, law or criminology graduates) are also encouraged to apply, subject to being able to satisfy the requirements of the various modules

The course is taught by experienced practitioners and experts in the field and will provide you with the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest. There are four 30-credit modules over two years (two each year) and a dissertation in year three to achieve the MSc.

Courses included:

  • Risk, Analysis and Decision Making
  • Help, Support and Direct Work
  • Organizations, Systems and Leadership
  • Law, Policy and Inter-agency Working (30 credits)
  • Dissertation

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


The course particularly offers successful candidates the potential to:

  • enhance their careers through developing an expert or specialist child protection role in the work place
  • develop a research or development role within child protection or safeguarding organisations
  • further develop their academic studies in the field of child protection, safeguarding and child welfare

Please note that the programme does not lead to a professional qualification.


  • Ordinarily an upper second-class degree (or higher) or a postgraduate diploma degree (or higher) from a UK university or equivalent. In exceptional circumstances a 2(ii) degree would be considered subject to the candidate having significant child protection experience.
  • As some of the learning tasks are integrated into actual practice, you will need to be employed in, or have negotiated access to, an organisation that undertakes or contributes to child protection work. If you are not already employed in a child protection organisation, you will need to supply a written agreement from the relevant organisation prior to registration.
  • You will need to supply the names of two references on headed notepaper and include a short personal statement with your application.

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