You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You must also be able to demonstrate significant experience in either health and social care, psychological therapies, or experience from the third sector in a specialist abuse service. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
Months of entry
The programme is unique in synthesising psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive behavioural and social theories to examine the impact of being abusive or being abused. You will look at practice and research from these theoretical perspectives and will consider abusiveness and its impact in different international, cultural and social contexts from childhood to older age.
This MA in Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse is unique and represents the first psychologically informed programme of its kind.
It is particularly apposite for people wanting to increase their grasp of the interplay between mental distress, domestic violence and sexual abuse. The programme will offer a blended learning approach with a mixture of online and face to face contact. The online components will be largely focused on the acquisition of theoretical knowledge through computer mediated activities via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
The classroom-based content of the programme will have an emphasis on experiential and reflective learning which will help you understand the process of identifying, assessing and managing both perpetrators and victims. This aspect of the programme will be delivered in blocks preferably over weekends to make the study more accessible to working adults.
Individual courses on the programme are likely to be valued as part of a continuing professional development plan for psychological therapists and other workers in the field. Assessment will be a mix of coursework, presentations, and a final dissertation.
Please note: you may take individual courses separately or exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.
Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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