Taught course

Woman and Child Abuse - MA

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have: At least a good Honours degree in a relevant subject 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.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course overview

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

While the main focus will be on the UK, intellectual and practical approaches from across the globe will be drawn on. Courses will encompass all forms of violence against women and 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 and 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.

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

Postgraduate Certificates (three modules each):

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


Assessment approaches vary according to the aims of each module and how it is delivered. Examples include essays, group or individual presentations; course work and seen examinations, and the final dissertation.

Career opportunities

The course is particularly suited to those who are working in specialised services for women and children who have experienced violence. It is excellent preparation for those who are wishing to establish careers in this sector.

Our graduates have gone on to key roles in policymaking or delivery at local, regional and national levels, and some pursue further studies to PhD level.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,965 per year
International students
£11,700 per year

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202