UCAS codes

Course contact

Amanda McGrandles
+44 (0)1292 886355 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

MSc (part-time) 3–5 years


  • Off Campus

Start date(s)

  • September
This course focuses on the nature of vulnerability across the lifespan. It is aimed at public sector professionals including those working in health, teaching, social work and the emergency services.
Candidates must be able to satisfy the specific admission requirements for MSc programmes offered by the University.

Candidates should normally hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

Exceptions may be made in the case of those who can demonstrate significant work-based experience, together with recent academic study at an appropriate level.

Vulnerable populations require committed professionals and partnership working across local government, education, health and social care in the planning, delivery and prioritising of resources. This course is at the heart of that process, creating opportunities for you to work collaboratively to review and shape future service delivery. 

The course provides the opportunity for you to further develop your knowledge, skills and expertise in relation to vulnerability, health and social care. It is anticipated that students undertaking this degree will already have considerable professional expertise and knowledge. The course responds to the needs of employers for a better qualified and research-aware public sector workforce. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a course which provides a flexible, individualised learning package which is suited to your area of professional practice and interest. Additionally, individual student needs and employers’ service provision requirements can be met.


The course comprises Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, three modules); Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, six modules); and MSc (180 credits, six Postgraduate Diploma modules) and a dissertation module (worth 60 credits). It is made up of a series of modules which have been tailored to develop your professional needs. These modules are set within a framework of interrelated themes, for example, protection throughout the life course and addiction and collaborative practice, which reflect contemporary issues of relevance for all public service professionals. 

Modules include: 
  • Vulnerability 
  • Risk Assessment and Management 
  • Child Protection 
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties 
  • Understanding Substance Misuse and Addiction 
  • Dementia Care Principles 
  • Research for Health and Social Care 
  • Inclusive Education 
  • Leadership for Effectiveness 
  • Quality Improvement in Health Care 
  • Independent Study
This course will attract professionals from a clinical or managerial role. It can enhance career progression as it will provide you with the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and knowledge base to assume a key role within your organisation in terms of supervision, leadership, innovation, change management, clinical governance, research and development and critical thinking within your own discipline. It may lead to a range of career opportunities within public sector work areas.