24 months
4610 GBP/year
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The Advanced Child Protection programme offered by the University of Kent is a distance learning programme which runs on a part-time, basis for two or more years. The MA attracts national and international students from a wide variety of child protection professions. This diversity adds to the depth and richness of its content and insightful global perspectives on child protection.

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One of the defining features of the Advanced Child Protection programme offered by the University of Kent is the 360° perspective on the child protection system, integrating research, practice expertise and theoretical paradigms. With focus on the welfare of the child being paramount, the MA provides multi-agency practitioners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take a child-centred approach into their practice.

Our part-time distance-learning online course uses innovative and cutting edge techniques and technology.  We are proud to bring together inter-professional perspectives and focus on skills of direct work with both parents and children.  Here are five of the many reasons to study with us:

  • Distance-learning online study to flexibility to fit around your working day.
  • High quality video lectures from experts/leading academics.
  • Online access to academic journal articles, book chapters and e-books.
  • Access to the Centre’s award-winning child protection simulations, and innovative learning tools
  • Inter-professional teaching and learning promoting reflective practice and critical thinking.

About the International Centre for Child Protection

The Interntional Centre for Child Protection is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) and is the first centre of its kind in Europe. Combining research with distance learning programmes and a range of innovative child protection simulations, the International Centre for Child Protection is leading the way in building knowledge and training opportunities for professionals working in this area.

The Centre is led and informed by a team of experts in the field of child protection. With many years of experience in both research and practice, we are committed to improving the provision of continued professional development to enhance the skills of those involved in child protection.


Our Master’s and standalone modules give you the opportunity to further your career and expertise in child protection. As well as benefiting from Kent’s academic excellence, you gain insight into multi-agency relationships and responsibilities. The Centre attracts students from across social work, health, education, probation, legal and the third sector, and widens your potential learning experience. 

The distance learning delivery of the Master’s programme enables you to fit learning around your life and work commitments and you have the chance to apply your knowledge as you progress. Each cohort contains a unique mix of experiences and professions, providing a valuable opportunity for information exchange and networking that can continue long after your studies finish.


The programme is for experienced professionals and is fully accredited by the University of Kent.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Understanding Social Research
  • Definitions, Prevalance, Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Contemporary Child Protection Practice and Policies
  • New Perspectives on Assessment and Observation
  • Either (a) Support, Help and Intervention, what works, how and when? or (b) Support, Help and Intervention in International Child Protection [NEW]
  • The 'Unconscious at Work': The Organizational Dimensions of Risk Management
  • Dissertation Child Protection

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Total Kent credits: 180
  • Total ECTS credits: 90


  • Semi-structured
  • Regular optional meetings
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path and these cases are assessed individually.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4610 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4610 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4610 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4610 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • MA £4610
  • Diploma £3073 
  • Certificate £3073 


MA applicants are able to split the annual MA cost across 10 even monthly payments, with the first payment needing to be made at the time of registration, and then subsequent monthly payments across the two years. Applicants can negotiate which date in the month they wish to make the payment, accommodating for pay dates etc., by liaising with the income office when they attend the induction in January, or through email once they have been accepted onto the programme.

Information on funding options for your postgraduate qualification is available on our University Finance pages.

Details of the Postgraduate Loan is also available at this site.

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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