Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice - MA

Our course – launched over 10 years ago – responded to professional calls for greater legal literacy among practitioners working in adult safeguarding. Focused on examining the law and practice framework around adult safeguarding, it can be studied flexibly over one, two or five years in short, intensive teaching bursts, allowing you to block-book childcare or work leave. Whether you’re a recent graduate or already work in social care, healthcare, mediation, criminal justice or law, you’ll improve your skills and knowledge, gaining a professional qualification that could lead to promotion, greater responsibility or more specialist roles.

Month of entry

  • October

Mode of study

  • Full time, Part time


Subject area

  • Law

Fees for 2024/25 academic year

  • UK - Full time: £9,800 per year
    UK - Part time: Year 1: £6,900, Year 2: £3,000
    International - Full time: £19,500 per year

Duration of study

  • Full time - 1 year, Part time - 2 years, Modular - Up to 5 years

Why study Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice at Keele University?

Taught by staff with expertise in adult safeguarding, mental capacity and general social care law – including the author of 'Safeguarding Adults', a sector-leading textbook
Block teaching delivery (typically three to four days every few months) allows you to study and work full-time, ideal for CPD, and the course benefits from essay-based assessment (no exams)
Discuss, share experiences and learn about different local authority practices with a diverse student cohort from legal, voluntary, social and healthcare backgrounds
Opportunities to hear guest lectures. Past talks, for example, have covered self-neglect, learning from Safeguarding Adults Reviews, and UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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"The biggest impact the course has had on my professional practice is the increased confidence I now have, when contributing to adult safeguarding work at a national level. "

Lindsey, MA Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy, and Practice

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"I have found many things interesting in almost all modules but what stands out most is the friendly and approachable demeanour for lectures. They made me feel comfortable, and able to ask questions at any point. The support on this course is enormous."

Wura, MA Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy, and Practice

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"The course widened the scope of my knowledge base in adult social care cases. I found it immensely helpful in terms of expanding my expertise beyond the legal framework into social care. As a result I have a greater understanding of wider concepts in which the legal framework sits."

Jacqueline, MA Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy, and Practice

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Keele Postgraduate Association

Keele University is one of a handful of universities in the UK to have a dedicated students' union for postgraduate students. A fully registered charity, Keele Postgraduate Association serves as a focal point for the social life and welfare needs of all postgraduate students during their time at Keele.

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Hugely popular, the KPA Clubhouse (near Horwood Hall) provides a dedicated postgraduate social space and bar on campus, where you can grab a bite to eat and drink, sit quietly and read a book, or switch off from academic life at one of the many regular events organised throughout the year. The KPA also helps to host a variety of conferences, as well as other academic and career sessions, to give you and your fellow postgraduates the opportunities to come together to discuss your research, and develop your skills and networks.

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"It was very interesting for me to work with professionals from a vast array of different professions. One of the most awarding aspects for me was group discussions and it was very pleasing to observe as well as learn from others. This diversity complimented to the rich content of the course making the whole experience more enjoyable."

Colin, MA Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy, and Practice

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