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.
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
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
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/
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.