MA in Safeguarding Adults – Law, Policy, and Practice


This programme provides an exciting opportunity to study adult safeguarding at Masters level through the lens of law, ethics, policy, and practice. Applying a variety of perspectives, you will interrogate case law, statutes, and law reform processes, academic research, policy documents, work practices, and professional guidance, in order to develop and enhance your critical and practical awareness of adult safeguarding.

Each year we are delighted to have a number of guest speakers to teach on the MA, who are nationally and internationally-renowned experts in their fields. In recent years, for example, we have invited guest speakers such as Alex Ruck Keene, Professor Suzy Braye, Professor Wayne Martin, and Dr Margaret Flynn to contribute to the programme.

Aims of this course

The aims of this programme are to introduce key principles of interdisciplinary socio-legal research methods and scholarship, facilitate the development of higher-level critical analysis, and develop the students’ capacity for original thinking in relation to the complex issues arising in socio-legal scholarship. More specifically, the programme aims to:

  • Develop a practical and theoretical understanding of safeguarding adults;
  • Develop a critical awareness of the social and political contexts in which adult safeguarding law and practice is located;
  • Develop a critical perspective in the assessment and evaluation of research, law scholarship, policy and practice in adult safeguarding;
  • Develop critical and analytical skills in order to interrogate practical legal problems and to justify decisions;
  • Develop the ability to work independently in a coherent, focused and productive way;
  • Encourage interdisciplinarity through the student experience – inter-professional student groups, learning and teaching provided by a range of academics, professionals and policy makers.

DURATION: 1-year full-time


FEES (2021/22 ACADEMIC YEAR): £16,000

SCHOLARSHIPS: £1,000 to £10,000