Taught course

Child Abuse

London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will normally be required to have: At least 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.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course overview

While the main focus will be on the UK, intellectual and practical approaches from across the globe this course provides a grounding in theoretical frameworks, research, policy and practice approaches to violence against women.

Courses will encompass all forms of child abuse, including sexual exploitation, domestic violence, sexual violence and harmful traditional practices.

The course content and required work will be cross-disciplinary, addressing sociology, social policy criminology, criminal justice, gender studies and social research. The University incorporates the Child & Woman Abuse Studies Unit, which conducts independent research and training in this area.

Themes covered include:

  • the history of how woman and child abuse became social problems
  • definitions and conceptual boundaries
  • connections between forms of violence against women and child abuse
  • the theoretical, methodological and ethical considerations when researching abuse
  • the current knowledge base on incidence, prevalence, evidence-based policy and promising practices in responding to victims/survivors and perpetrators
  • what we know about prevention
  • contemporary theoretical and policy debates, including on intersectionality and critical men's studies

The University incorporates the Child & Woman Abuse Studies Unit which conducts independent research and training in this area.

Course 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.

Other study options:

1)Postgraduate Diploma in Woman and Child Abuse (six modules, no dissertation)

2)Postgraduate Certificates (three modules each)

  • Woman and Child Abuse
  • Violence against Women
  • Child Abuse


You will be assessed via a variety of methods, including essays, group or individual presentations and course work.

Career opportunities

The course is particularly suited to those who are working in specialised services for children who have experienced violence. It is excellent preparation for those who are wishing to establish careers in this sector, and students benefit from the course’s location in London and its links with many related activist, national and local government organisations. Our graduates have gone on to key roles in policymaking or delivery at local, regional and national levels, and some pursue further studies to PG Dip, MSc and PhD level.

Information for international students

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.

Qualification and course duration


part time
day only months
full time
n/a months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202