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Advanced Child Protection Studies (Distance Learning)

18 months
6780 GBP/year
6780 GBP/year
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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.


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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6780 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10170 GBP for the full programme during 18 months.
  • National

    6780 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10170 GBP for the full programme during 18 months.
  • £1,695 per module 
  • £3,390 for the PGCert
  • £6,780 for the PGDip
  • £10,170 for the MSc 


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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