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Overview

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

You will focus on the nature of vulnerability across the lifespan. Our course is aimed at public sector professionals including those working in:

  • health
  • teaching
  • social work
  • emergency services

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.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

You must be able to satisfy the specific admission requirements for MSc courses offered by the University.

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

Exceptions may be made if you can demonstrate significant work-based experience, together with recent academic study at an appropriate level.

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Our course responds to the needs of employers for a better qualified and research-aware public sector workforce. This is a unique opportunity for you 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, your individual needs and employers’ service provision requirements can be met.

Our course 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 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 you will study 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

Teaching and Assessment

Our modules will be delivered through Moodle the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The nature of learning and teaching approaches adopted and assessment strategies proposed will support the group and your individual needs. Online and telephone support will be available. You will further develop skills in:

  • analytical thinking
  • synthesis of ideas
  • reflection
  • negotiation · problem solving · numeracy
  • information
  • communication
  • computer skills
  • networking
  • academic writing
  • dissemination
  • research

 

Assessment of the academic outcomes for each module will include:

  • written assignments in the form of essays
  • project work
  • reflective narratives

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects

Jobs

Our 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
  • development
  • critical thinking

 

It may lead you to a range of career opportunities within public sector work areas.

 

Further Study

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HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

APPLY ONLINE

The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.

 
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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