London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

Child Abuse

This course provides a comprehensive grounding in theoretical frameworks, research, policy and practice approaches to woman and child abuse; whilst the main focus is on the UK, intellectual and practical approaches from across the globe are drawn on; modules 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 is cross disciplinary addressing sociology, social policy criminology, criminal justice, gender studies and social research; 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 and contemporary theoretical and policy debates, including on intersectionality and critical men's studies.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class 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; applicants whose 1st language is not English must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in both written and spoken English; all applicants are interviewed.

Course modules

Core modules: violence against women (issues, research and policy); sexual exploitation of children and young people; sexual violence (causes, consequences and interventions); researching communities. Plus 1 from: collecting life histories; protecting children; researching women�s history; children and families (policy and practice); finding gender in the archives; women, gender and human rights; evaluation (principles and practice); dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is achieved through essays, group or individual presentations, course work and seen examinations; a dissertaion of 12,000-15,000 words is to be submitted at the end of the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgCert Part-time £ 850 per Module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Holloway Islington N7 8DB South East

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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020 7133 4202