• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The first course of its kind in the world, the MSc Safeguarding in an International Context at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is ideal for agencies involved with the protection of people. Delivered completely by distance learning, you can study from home, making it accessible worldwide. 


The  MSc Safeguarding in an International Context at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) can be undertaken over 2-5 years, exiting with a Master of Science (180 credits). It consists of some core modules, which have to be taken by each student. These include a research module and an introductory module in either safeguarding children or safeguarding vulnerable adults in an international context. 

Issues such as trafficking of people and international collaboration between agencies are high on the global agenda. International safeguarding involves a variety of topics that can be explored in this programme. As this course incorporates modules from a variety of Schools across the university, you’ll be able to follow a path which is of personal interest to you or will be of use in your area of employment.


  • To promote the evolution of an safeguarding specialist who is adaptable and responsive in recognising international safeguarding issues.
  • To promote the development of a safeguarding specialist, who is socio-politically aware of international safeguarding issues, has the values, attitudes, skills, knowledge, professional confidence and personal motivation commensurate with safeguarding practice. 
  • To support students to critically reflect and synthesise evidence-based outcomes to support effective problem-solving and decision-making skills within a multidisciplinary arena.
  • To ensure that personal, professional and educational development needs are met through the provision of a range of learning opportunities informed by scholarship, professional activity, advances in technology and research.
  • To promote independent, shared and autonomous learning.
  • To promote students awareness of global issues in safeguarding 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable adults in an International Context
  • Safeguarding Children in an International Context
  • Introduction to Post-Graduate Research
  • Trafficking of People
  • Advanced Topics in the Safeguarding of Children and Young people from Online Sexual Exploitation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description
      2-5 years
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • In order to study at postgraduate level applicants are expected to have an honours degree, or equivalent (a portfolio of evidence may be submitted for consideration), as a minimum entry requirement
  • A maximum of one third of the programme can be Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L. Please discuss this with the course leader.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13450 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6700 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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