Taught course

Safeguarding Adults - Law, Policy and Practice

Keele University · School of Law

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class honours degree in law, social work, healthcare practice (nursing, or medicine), or a related discipline such as criminology, sociology, or politics. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may still be eligible to apply for the course if they have appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

Our MA is suitable for social care, healthcare, or legal professionals working with either children or adults who wish to improve their skills and knowledge base, or who want to study for continuing professional development purposes. Teaching takes place in blocks of study, enabling those in employment to study for an MA on a part time basis.

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.


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.

Information for international students



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

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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