Taught course

Psychological Trauma

University of Chester · Department of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

Minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2), or equivalent professional qualifications and relevant experience of working in the field of psychological trauma.

Months of entry


Course content

Students studying on this programme will learn about the nature of traumatic stress, post traumatic stress disorder and dissociation and the appropriate response to people traumatised by life events. The course explores the nature of psychological trauma across the life span, and is thus relevant to those who work with children, young people, families or adults.

The programme is overseen by an Advisory Group made up of eminent trauma specialists who are consulted about the content and its relevance to employment in the trauma field.

Programme Structure:

There are seven core modules:

  • Post Traumatic Stress - students are introduced to the nature of trauma from a neurological, psychological and sociological perspective.
  • Responding to Psychological Trauma: Psychotherapeutic Perspectives - examining the appropriate treatment responses to trauma and ways of mitigating the impact of trauma.
  • Research Methods - students learn about basic research methods in preparation for the Dissertation.
  • Managing Traumatic Incidents - exploring current research evidence on first responses to traumatic events.
  • Personal and Professional Integration of Trauma Theory - enables students to develop their own model of psychological trauma and to identify how they work with it.
  • Applied Research Methods - developing a research proposal for the Dissertation.
  • Dissertation - original research on a topic of the students' choice, subject to the approval of their supervisors.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 - 24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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