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Woman and Child Abuse - MA

Why study this course?

Supported by the internationally renowned Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, the MA in Woman and Child Abuse provides a solid grounding in theoretical frameworks, policy and practice approaches.

The 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 are wishing to establish careers in these sectors.

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This course provides a comprehensive grounding in theoretical frameworks, research, policy and practice approaches to woman and child abuse.

The MA content covers all forms of violence against women and child abuse, including sexual violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, trafficking and harmful practices. Reflecting the work of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, a specialist research unit based in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, the MA 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.

The course content will be cross-disciplinary, mainly drawing on sociology and including social policy, criminology and psychology.

Assessment

Assessment approaches vary according to the aims of each module and how it is delivered. Examples include essays or other written coursework and individual presentations. 

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • A good Honours degree in a relevant subject
  • Experience of developing/delivering policy or service provision in the field is particularly appropriate, but the course is also relevant to those with a professional interest in violence against women and children
  • Extensive relevant professional experience may be acceptable if you do not have sufficient academic qualifications

If you do not meet the criteria for the MA you have the option of taking a core module as a short course, and on successful completion of assessments can then apply to join the MA.

Everyone who applies for the course is interviewed, and importance is placed on the statement of application. Please contact the course leader, Dr Maddy Coy, to talk about making an application or with any questions about the course (m.coy@londonmet.ac.uk).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The course consists of four core modules:

  • Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy
  • Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People
  • Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Interventions
  • Researching Communities

Other modules

  • One elective module from any other postgraduate course within the university

One designate module from the following list:

  • International Child Law and Human Rights Law
  • Qualitative Research
  • Survey Design and Practice
  • Women Gender and Human Rights
  • Promoting Equality, Human Rights and Active Citizenship
  • Crime and Offender Patterns
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Context and Practice of Criminal Psychology
  • Global Social Policies
  • Children and Families: Policy and Practice
  • Evaluation: Principles and Practice

You also undertake a triple-module dissertation.

It is possible to enrol on the MA and opt to take a Postgraduate Diploma in Woman and Child Abuse after the completion of 6 modules. You can also opt to take a Postgraduate Certificate in Woman and Child Abuse after the completion of three modules.
 

"The course exceeded my original hopes and expectations. The knowledge of the staff within the unit was not only academic but was also informed by frontline work in the violence against women sector. This experience gave a depth and a passion to the lectures and course materials." MA Woman and Child Abuse graduate, 2012

"The course has been rigorous and thorough and very enlightening.  It strengthened my academic reading and writing and vastly improved my knowledge of the subject.  The quality of the teaching is excellent." MA Woman and Child Abuse graduate, 2011

"It has really shaped my way of working and given me so much important knowledge and awareness, and a conviction that we can all make a difference." MA Woman and Child Abuse graduate, 2010

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, including with the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Please note, fees and course details may be subject to change.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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