Taught course

Psychology: Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Studies

University of Cumbria · Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

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Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:2 or above in a relevant undergraduate degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers a stimulating and challenging environment where you can build on your existing learning experiences to advance your academic and professional development in Psychology.

You will gain specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of interpersonal violence and abuse studies. Teaching is done through a variety of blended learning and campus-based activities explicitly designed to meet the needs of learners working in a range of contexts.

If you have a background in psychology, sociology or criminology, our MSc course will allow you to gain deeper insight into the effects of being abusive or being abused.

You'll develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics pertinent to interpersonal violence and abuse. You'll examine the impact of abuse in different international, cultural and social contexts, and you'll have the chance to examine practice and research from theoretical perspectives.


  • Be able to explore and apply psychological literature to current issues, contexts and experiences around interpersonal violence and abuse.
  • Recieve high quality support and guidance by our lecturing team who are active in their research and practice.
  • Learn valuable transferrable skills in PG research, which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Have the opportunity to choose topics and areas that you want to learn more about to tailor your learning experience.
  • Have the opportunity to shape your MSc experience to your own interests and career goals, allowing our team to help you to reach your ideal future career.

  • The Psychology: Interpersonal Violence and Abuse course provides a set of modules that will enhance specialist subject knowledge and key skills for working in research and practice, all delivered by subject specialists. It is designed to build on your existing learning experiences and offers flexible learning opportunities to improve your career prospects.

The MSc Psychology: Interpersonal Violence and Abuse is designed to build on existing learning experiences and offers flexible learning opportunities that will enhance the academic and professional knowledge and skills of learners with a view to improving career prospects. It recognises the status of the student as an expert in identifying what they want or need to study. All MSc Psychology: Interpersonal Violence and Abuse learners will be required to have undertaken the following core modules: Research Skills and Methods (20 credits), Professional Values and Ethics (20 credits) Negotiated Learning (20 credits), and a Dissertation (60 credits). You will also be required to complete three compulsory modules: Interpersonal Violence and Abuse (20 credits), Psychology of Violent Behaviour (20 credits) and Critical Perspectives in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (20 credits).


  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Critical perspectives in safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Psychology of Violent Behaviour
  • Professional Values and Ethics
  • Interpersonal Violence and Abuse
  • Negotiated learning
  • Dissertation

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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