Taught course

Safeguarding Adults: Law Policy Practice

Keele University · School of Law

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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. Please contact the Programme Director, Laura Pritchard-Jones, for further advice.

Months of entry


Course content

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

UK students
FT £6,000 / PT £6,000 (Yr 1+2)
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    Up to 60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    Less than 24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    Up to 24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    Less than 12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    Up to 48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    Up to 12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    Up to 24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    The programme is structured in a way that allows you to maintain full-time employment whilst studying, with teaching for each module taking place over an intensive 3 or 4-day period. Students may choose to study from one to five modules per year and may complete the entire programme in one year or up to five years, depending on their preference and external commitments. You will study four taught modules followed by a dissertation module. As an alternative, it is possible to exit the course with a Postgraduate Certificate (on satisfactory completion of 2 taught modules) or a Postgraduate Diploma (on satisfactory completion of 4 taught modules). All four taught modules must be completed before proceeding to the dissertation module. The four taught modules are taught through 20 hours of contact time, delivered as an intensive 3 or 4-day block of teaching. During the module you will take part in tutor-led seminars and discussions, small group exercises, and case studies. Each module is accompanied by extensive independent study, and throughout the course students are encouraged and required to undertake independent reading to both supplement and consolidate the classes and to broaden individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Course contact details

Dr Laura Pritchard-Jones, Programme Director