Taught course

Dynamics of Domestic Volence

University of Worcester · Institute of Health and Society

Entry requirements

To gain entry to the course, participants will normally be required to have either: A good first degree; or Professional qualifications in an appropriate area ; or relevant practical experience As the content of the course involves a mixture of practical and academic elements, each application will be considered on its own merits. Applicants will be invited for interview and will be required to submit a written piece of work on the reasons for wanting to study for this qualification. In many cases it is possible to gain credit for previous study or experience. Previous study at the same level in other institutions is recognised as transferred academic credit, and professional learning can be analysed through the completion of an Independent Study. Up to 50% of taught elements of the award for which you are registered may be achieved through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Months of entry


Course content

These courses are offered by the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) at the University of Worcester.

The Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters degree are designed to situate domestic violence historically, and critically explore this complex issue by looking at theoretical perspectives of causation, examining the impact of it and analysing interventions and good practice professional responses.

The ultimate aim of the courses is to support students to establish a firm knowledge and evidence base for practice which is rooted in theory, legislation policy and standards. The courses offer the opportunity for in-depth and critical study. They allow students to follow their personal and professional interests through independent study and teach transferable skills including, but not limited to: critical thinking, presentation skills, academic writing, professional report writing, group work and research skills.

The course is delivered by an award-winning team of specialists in the field with a wealth of academic and practice experience. In 2010 the course was reviewed by an independent panel which highlighted the course leader's inspirational leadership and expressed appreciation of the course's transformational nature, which facilitated personal and professional development.

From its inception, this course has met with a high level of demand for places from outside the geographical area of the West Midlands. The University of Worcester has responded to that demand by expanding the structure of the course to allow for greater accessibility.

The course is modular in structure, with the full MA consisting of nine modules in total. Mandatory modules are taught in blocks (two three-day blocks per semester) with some optional modules offered as evening sessions.

Students will also be expected (with tutor support) to participate in web based discussion groups and undertake additional reading and research throughout the year.

Fees and funding

Employer or self funded.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Claire Richards
01905 542487