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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Psychology of Coercive Control

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Psychology of Coercive Control

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides advanced insights and knowledge of cutting-edge practice and research about coercive control and behaviour and its development and effects on individuals, families and organisations. You will develop a deep understanding of the psychological processes involved in coercive and controlling behaviour across a variety of settings including in domestic relationships, human trafficking and groups and organisations more widely.

On this course, you will receive tailored support from a highly experienced and qualified team of psychology and professional staff who are involved in advancing practice and research regarding the prevention, effects and recovery from coercive and controlling behaviour.

You will be very well placed to advance your career in a variety of professions where the government is seeking to develop provision for the prevention of and recovery from coercive control and abuse and you will also be very well prepared to apply for a professional doctorate and research career paths in psychology and other relevant disciplines.

You will:

  • Gain a deep appreciation of contemporary approaches to the prevention of, and recovery from, coercive control and abuse in domestic settings, in trafficking and in organisations more widely.
  • Be supported by a highly qualified and experienced team in professional staff in advancing your career in a variety of 'in demand' professions relating to coercion and abuse or towards a professional doctorate in psychology or related disciplines.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of the psychology of coercive control and cutting-edge research and practice in this area.


The course team work closely with an extensive range of professional agencies and organisations that work in the field of support and recovery from domestic abuse and violence, human trafficking and abuse in organisations and groups more widely. Some of these organisations provide input into the design, delivery and development of the course so that students are hearing directly from practitioners at the cutting edge of these fields. Additionally, a number of partner organisations will offer students opportunities for a work experience placement which is a great way to develop skills in this area of work.

Different course options

Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



A research project or systematic literature review will be undertaken in an area of applied psychology that relates to coercive control and behavior and its development, processes and effects and/or approaches to recovery and with a focus that derives from an area of research or work interest.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in psychology or other relevant disciplines including counselling, health sciences, nursing, criminal justice, law and police science. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

University information

The University of Salford’s campus is based across three sites, with Peel Park within walking distance of Manchester. More than 3,000 postgraduate students study taught and research degrees each year, contributing to some of Salford’s nationally and internationally-recognised research projects. There are four academic schools at the University of Salford: School of Arts and Media School of Health and Society Salford Business...more

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