University of Kent: School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

University of Kent
International Centre for Child Protection

Step up, stand out and specialise at University of Kent with career-focused postgraduate courses taught by expert academics. Build a global network of connections by joining our thriving, supportive, international community of staff and students. We welcome everyone and have a large number of mature students studying either for career purposes or to indulge a long-held passion for a subject.

Kent is a leading research institution with a dynamic and challenging academic environment underpinned by an international perspective, take a look at our multimillion-pound scholarship fund to support our postgraduates.

Study with us
The Centre offers the study of child protection in a different and more effective way. Whether you choose the 2 year Master’s in Advanced Child Protection, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, take our 10 week Standalone Modules, or attend the one or half day CPD accredited courses using simulations, the International Centre for Child Protection offers options to suit your personal circumstances and requirements.

A child-centred approach on these programmes offers professionals working with children and multi-agency practitioners the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and confidence plus a 360° perspective on the child protection system, integrating research, practice expertise and theory. We bring together inter-professional perspectives and focus on direct work skills with parents and children.

Choose your preferred part-time, distance learning study programme

January 2021 starts 
You can start some of our postgraduate degrees in January. If you’re taking a career break to study this could be the best option for you. A January start also works well for overseas students as it allows more time to meet visa requirements. Find out more about our January intake programmes. 

“I would definitely recommend this MA to anyone looking to further their understanding of child protection issues and relate this to practice.  I am not sure there is anything else on offer which would have been better for achieving this.  My knowledge and practice has been massively improved by undertaking this course”.
Safeguarding Health Professional

“I found this course fantastic. The content is varied and truly multi-disciplinary which, when allied with the diversity of students, means you get a truly expansive and refreshing perspective on all aspects of child protection.”

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Conversion programmes
At Kent, we also have a range of Conversion Master’s Programmes where you can learn new skills, improve your job prospects and prepare you for a career in a different discipline.

For example, we offer business, economics and computing programmes for students from an entirely different background, while our Master's degrees in law or journalism develop your academic and professional skills in new areas. Find out more here 

Whether you’re changing direction or honing your skills, Kent will be here to help you take on tomorrow’s world. Get ready to sharpen your focus.

Postgraduate Virtual Event
We are planning our next Postgraduate Virtual Open Event soon, where you can hear from specialist academics and attend live Q&A sessions to discover all about studying on one of Kent's postgraduate programmes in the UK and Europe. Register your interest today.

Reasons to study with us

  • Distance-learning online study to fit around your working day.
  • High quality video lectures from experts/leading academics.
  • All essential course reading provided, easily accessible online.
  • Access to the Centre’s suite of award-winning inter-professional child protection simulations, innovative learning tools addressing neglect, courtroom skills, online grooming, radicalisation and child sexual exploitation.
  • Thought-provoking activities promoting reflective practice and critical thinking.

Our students

  • The MA attracts national and international students from a variety of professions. This adds to the depth and richness of its content and provides insightful global perspectives on child protection.
  • Student intake consists of a mixture of stator and non-statutory agencies across the social care, health, education, police, law, probation and NGO spheres.
  • Successful students are publishing their dissertation research in leading journals, some of which has gone on to inform teaching and learning.

The University has a Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund, including funding from the UK Research Councils. Opportunities range from a generous number of research student scholarships, through to location and subject specific funding, sport and music scholarships, and funding specifically for overseas fee-paying students.

School contact
Postgraduate Office
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research
University of Kent
Cornwallis East
+44 (0)1227 823684


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