Taught course

Advanced Social Care Law

Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

2:2 or above in an undergraduate degree.

There are opportunities for prior learning to be brought into this programme. Each application will need to be discussed on an individual basis and then reviewed by the university.

More information and details can be found on our RPL application process webpages.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop your expertise in the complex legal frameworks across both adult and children's social care law, and the theories and principles that underpin them. This master's programme is ideal for professionals working in health, social care, social work and law, newly-graduated students with an interest in social care law, and those with disabilities or caring responsibilities who want to obtain a better understanding of the law. With block teaching delivery designed to accommodate those with full time employment, you will engage with rigorous learning and discussions with peers and academics, advancing your professional practice and expertise.

The MA in Advanced Social Care Law will help you develop a deeper understanding of a range of legal frameworks relating to the provision of adult and children's social care law. This understanding will be informed by a consideration of the latest research, practice and policy literature, as well as theoretical perspectives on social care provision. You will engage with complex legal issues and challenges through the lens of case law and statutes, to develop and enhance your critical and practical awareness.

The course is designed to allow you to tailor your own degree pathway based on your own professional, personal, or academic interests and expertise with one core module and a range of optional modules to choose from. You will be introduced to a range of laws and theoretical perspectives, and explore topics such as the core legal frameworks that underpin social care (such as the Care Act 2014, and the Children Act 1989), as well as having the option to enhance your knowledge in other areas of social care. For example, child or adult safeguarding, mental health law, mental capacity law, or the law relating to carers.

Applying a variety of perspectives, you will investigate law reform processes, academic research, policy documents, work practices, and professional guidance, to help evaluate the relationship between legal institutions and society. You will be able to demonstrate your knowledge to a range of audiences including specialists and non-specialists, showcasing your ability to communicate effectively and propose sound arguments with consideration of alternative views.

Information for international students


IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes.

During your degree programme you can study additional English Language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English Language skills and gain a higher level of English.

Fees and funding

It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses and not all students are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in some cases, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.


We are committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Please visit our scholarships and bursaries webpage for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    Up to 60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


Keele Law School hosts a variety of expertise in a wide range of disciplines which will support your development throughout this master's programme.

You will have the opportunity to engage with various teaching staff, the Learning Development Support Tutor as well as guest speakers who are experts in their field.

You will engage with lectures, seminars and group exercises that will encourage rich discussions with academics and peers as well advancing your skills in research and practice. This style of teaching will also enable you to tailor your independent learning and enhance your knowledge of subject matter through reading lists and library resources. Most modules on this programme are made up of intensive 3 or 4-day blocks of teaching, allowing flexibility around your employment and responsibilities.


During your studies at Keele, you will be supported by a team of staff who are available to provide advice and guidance on personal and academic queries. This includes the Student Experience and Support Officer, Academic Mentor and Learning Development Support Tutor.


Throughout your master's study, you will be challenged to develop your critical thinking and analytical approach towards the legal context of various social care provisions. This will involve applying your academic knowledge and demonstrating your expertise through the form of written coursework and your dissertation.

You will engage with class discussions with peers and academics as well as contribute to your own reflective diary which will help towards your CPD and dissertation research. This will enable you to develop your skills and keep a record of your learnings, allowing you to review your progress and growth throughout the programme.

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