Woman and Child Abuse – MA


Why study this course?

This course is ideal for those who are working in specialised services for women and children who have experienced violence, in policymaking or delivery at local, regional or national levels, or anyone wanting to establish careers in these sectors.

More about this course

This course will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in woman and child abuse studies, including theory, research, policy and practice.

The MA course content covers all forms of violence against women and child abuse, including sexual violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, trafficking and harmful practices. This degree focuses on what we know about these forms of abuse, the contexts in which they occur and the connections between them. While the main focus will be on the UK, intellectual, policy and practice approaches from across the globe will be discussed.

You’ll find the course content to be cross-disciplinary, mainly drawing on sociology and including social policy, criminology and psychology.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

Researching Violence and Evaluating Interventions (core, 20 credits)

Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People (core, 20 credits)

Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Interventions (core, 20 credits)

Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy (core, 20 credits)

Woman and Child Abuse Dissertation (core, 60 credits)

Children and Families: Policy and Practice (option, 20 credits)

Healthcare Public Health (option, 20 credits)

Human Rights and the International Order (option, 20 credits)

Human Security (option, 20 credits)

Policies, Regulatory framework for Safeguarding (option, 20 credits)

Political Violence in a Contemporary Context (option, 20 credits)

Psychology and Crime (option, 20 credits)

Researching Public Services (option, 20 credits)

Transnational Organised Crime (option, 20 credits)

Vulnerabilities and Risks (option, 20 credits)

Where this course can take you

The course is particularly suited to those who are working in specialised services for women and children who have experienced violence. It is also excellent preparation for those who are wishing to establish careers in this sector.

Our graduates have gone on to key roles in policymaking or service delivery at local, regional and national levels, and some pursue further studies to PhD level.