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Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence MA

Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence MA

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Full time | University of Worcester | 1 year | 14-SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Sexual Abuse Victim: Support / Counselling

Course type


Course Summary

Our Domestic and Sexual Violence degree aims to enhance your knowledge and skills to boost your prospects for a career working with victims and/or perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence. The course promotes the important link between academic learning and real-world practice.

This postgraduate course has built on our teaching and research experience over the last decade. The course is delivered by the Centre for Violence Prevention, whose staff specialise in a range of disciplines across this sector. Our reputation in research continues to grow, and you can expect to learn from, and be supervised by, leading academics in the field.

Key features

  • Suitable for those interested in the subject of Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Aimed at those working with either victims/survivors, and/or perpetrators, adults, young people or children
  • Offered on a Part-Time and Full-Time basis
  • Delivered by classroom teaching and online learning
  • Study with peers from a diverse range of employment and cultural backgrounds

Where could it take you?

Our Domestic and Sexual Violence degree will prepare you for a range of careers working with victims and/or perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence, including:

Violence prevention
Victim support for survivors of abuse
Working with abuse perpetrators
Working with adults, young people or children in domestic abuse support roles

You will develop a range of skills on this course that should have an immediate and positive impact on your professional role.

For those who would like to start working in the areas of domestic or sexual violence, your increased knowledge and skill-set should prepare you for future job applications.

For those already working in this sector, you will enhance your ability to critically reflect on your professional practice and make valuable contributions to service improvement.


In this module, we explore a range of theories that have been applied to the issues of domestic and sexual violence - ranging from feminist explanations of violence against women, to social learning theories which focus on the family environment, to biological explanations that explain violence according to the psychology of the offender.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Prospective students will be required to have: A relevant first degree gained at a 2.1 (or equivalent level) in a health related or social science discipline, or similar subject discipline or A relevant professional qualification and experience, including but not exclusively, Social Work, Police, Probation, Health and Education or Significant experience of working with victims and/or perpetrators of domestic or sexual violence over at least 12 months. You may also be required to provide an Enhanced DBS check subject to module selection.