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Woman and Child Abuse MA

Course Description

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.

About the course

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

Modular structure

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.

What our students say

"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

After the course

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.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the Woman and Child Abuse MA page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jackie Turner

I am a lawyer by profession with nearly twenty years’ experience across a range of practice areas, including criminal and civil litigation, discrimination and human rights law. In 2006, I commenced doctoral research at London Met's Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit. My research comprises an investigation into various aspects of human trafficking – the role of diasporas in cross-border trafficking, nationality/ethnicity, gender and heteronormativity.

During the course of my doctoral studies, I have spoken at conferences and have also taught at the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, Siracusa, Italy, at their 10th Specialisation Course on Human Trafficking. I have also participated in a number of other research projects, including two pan-European projects on violence against women, violence against children, and sexual-orientation violence. Additionally, I have worked for the Council of Europe in Ukraine, providing legal opinion on compliance of domestic violence legislation with international law and standards, and in Azerbaijan following that country’s ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings.

I have contributed chapters to two publications, Turner, J. (forthcoming) Means of Delivery: the Trafficking of Women into Prostitution, Harms and Human Rights discourse in M. Coy (ed) Prostitution, Harm and Gender Equality, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, and Turner, J. (forthcoming) Violent Intersections: Re-Visiting the Traffic in Women and Girls in Y. Rehman, L. Kelly, and H. Siddiqui (eds) Violence in Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee Families: Moving in the Shadows (provisional), Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

An initial paper on aspects of my doctoral research has been published by the British Journal of Criminology: Trade Secrets: Intersections between diasporas and crimes groups in the constitution of the human trafficking chain. British Journal of Criminology 49: 184-201 (2009).


GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship - India 2016 (Gold) - Single Award

This partial scholarship will award one outstanding applicant £10,000 to cover his/her tuition fee. The remaining tuition fee as well as maintenance costs have to be funded by the student.London Metropolitan University is teaming up with the British Council to offer a total of five partial scholarships in support of the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, the most ambitious international campaign ever to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer. The GREAT London Metropolitan University Scholarship – India 2016 is designed to help outstanding applicants from India, who have never before studied in the UK, to study with us here at London Met.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To apply you must:1. Have an unconditional/conditional offer to study a taught, one year master’s course at London Met in September 2016.
2. Have over 75% in a bachelor’s degree from a good university in India and 75% or above in X and XII (consistent academic grades).
3. Have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component or SELT equivalent.
4. Be a national of India with international (ie non-UK/EU) fee status.
5. Not have studied in the UK before.

Application Procedure

The deadline to submit a scholarship application form is 22 July 2016. Students who have a conditional offer when applying for the scholarship must submit all the required documents to meet any conditions of their offer by 19 August 2016.For more details and to apply for this scholarship, please email Sabarinath Vijayakumar: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree in a relevant subject and/or experience of developing/delivering policy or service provision in the field. A degree in an unrelated subject and lower qualifications may be acceptable if balanced by extensive relevant experience. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in both written and spoken English. All applicants are interviewed, but importance is also placed on the statement of application.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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