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Programme Information

The BSc (Hons) Psychological Trauma Studies degree programme can be completed over four academic years as a part-time course of study. The programme is managed collaboratively by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and WAVE Trauma Centre. WAVE Trauma Centre is a cross community organisation, which provides therapeutic support and befriending services for those affected by the psychological trauma associated with the Northern Ireland troubles.

 Programme Aim

The degree programme aims to enable students to develop their knowledge and provide a context for the understanding of psychological trauma.  It is designed to meet the needs of those from community groups and organisations and also health care professionals involved in the care and support of traumatised individuals and communities.

 Programme Outline

 This degree programme comprises of five modules at Level 2 and five modules at Level 3.

Trauma Studies Modules (Provisional programme, subject to change)

Psychological Trauma Studies


Part-time students should normally complete ten modules over four academic years.

Entry Requirements

 Candidates must have 120 credit points at Level 1 for entry onto the programme.

 Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the School for advice.

 Application Procedure

 Please contact:

 Registry Office

 School of Nursing & Midwifery

 Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5714

 Email: nur.registry@qub.ac.uk


Level 2 modules

Introduction to Trauma


This module explores the history of psychological trauma and the recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder as a mental health disorder.  The module also focuses on the symptoms, effects and consequences of psychological trauma in adults and children.

Research Methodologies


This module enables students to demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes evidence and how this informs practice; compare and contrast the use of descriptive and analytical research designs; explain the principles of data collection and analysis; discuss the importance of research ethics and the concepts of validity and rigour in research studies. 

Use of Storytelling in dealing with the Traumatic past


This module explores the therapeutic benefits of storytelling. It also aims to explore the ethical issues involved in the hearing, telling and gathering of stories. The methodology and process behind designing a storytelling project will also be explored.

Trauma and Addiction


This module explores the effects of trauma on the individual and the relationship between the misuse of medication and addiction. The module also focuses on the impact of trauma and addiction on social and psychological development and the family circle

International Responses to Conflict


This module aims to introduce the student to international perspectives of psychological trauma and its aftermath.

 Level 3 modules

Critical Appraisal of Trauma Studies


This module enables students to apply their knowledge of the research principles to critically appraise evidence; make informed decisions regarding the level and quality of evidence to guide practice; critically discuss standards of reporting and requirements of research governance and debate strategies for translating research into practice. 

Transition from Victimhood


This module introduces the key components in the transition from victim-hood to survivor. The module provides the theoretical perspectives that underpin the essential elements to promote the recovery process.

Theoretical Aspects of Treatment modalities (available as a stand alone module)


This module critically examines the benefits and limitations of treatment modalities in the treatment of trauma and explores the concept of self care for the therapist/support worker.

Transgenerational Trauma (available as a stand alone module)


This module introduces the concept of transgenerational trauma and explores the transmission of unresolved trauma from generation to generation.

Project Module


This module enables students to demonstrate an ability to deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry.  It aims to skill students to critically appraise relevant evidence to answer questions to guide practice.