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What makes Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence at Worcester special?

This exciting new course builds on our experience of delivering courses in the subject areas of domestic and sexual violence over the last decade. 

The course is delivered by the Centre for Violence Prevention and staff within the centre reflect a range of disciplines working in 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.

We promote the importance of the link between academic learning to your every-day, real-life practice in working with victim/survivors and perpetrators of abuse.

Key features

  • Open to anyone who is interested in the subject of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence and who may be working with either victims/survivors, and/or perpetrators, adults, young people or children
  • Delivered in a class environment as well as through online learning
  • Study with peers from a diverse range of professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Offered on a Part-Time and Full-Time basis from September 2018

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

A first degree at second class honours in a related field of study
A professional qualification is related field such as health, education, probation, social work
If you are currently working in area of domestic violence with either victims/survivors, and/or perpetrators, adults, young people or children. 

You may also be required to provide an Enhanced DBS check subject to module selection.

Other information

If you do not think you meet all or any of the above requirements but you are still interested in the course then we can offer you an assessment to check your suitability to start your studies.

This would involve completion of the application form, an interview, submission of an academic essay and appropriate support references. We can assess evidence of your Prior Experience and Learning in accordance with our University procedures.

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Theoretical Perspectives on Gender, Violence and Interpersonal Relationships

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.

Recognition, Responses and Impact of Violence

In this module we look at the impact of domestic and sexual violence on victims and the costs of violence to our society.  The module is designed to examine the impact of violence from a range of cultural perspectives, which will also focus on faith and spiritual beliefs providing students with an in depth critical awareness of the multiple costs of domestic and sexual violence.

Preparing for Independent Research

This module prepares students to conduct research in the field of domestic and sexual violence in preparation for their dissertation.  Students will learn to critique different research methodologies and consider their theoretical underpinnings.  Students will also be asked to consider the practical and ethical issues associated with researching in the field of DSV and will develop their own research proposal which is contextualised by the existing literature.

Public Health Responses to Violence and Managing Perpetrators

In this module we look at perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence and the work that is being done to try and prevent these forms of violence in our societies.  The module will critically analyse perpetration and interventions within social and culturally specific contexts and explore implications for good practice in relation to prevention; enabling students to develop a critical understanding of legislation, policy and practice.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

This course will offer you a range of teaching and learning activities – from traditional face to face lectures and seminars to innovative online learning activities for each module of study.

Each module will consist of four face to face teaching days (delivered in two blocks) in addition to online learning activities to be completed at your convenience.

Assessments will range from essays, report writing, poster presentations and individual presentations.


Where could it take you?

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.


How much will it cost?

Course fees

For up-to-date course fee information visit the postgraduate section of our course fees page.

Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.


How do you apply?

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

Holly Taylor-Dunn is the current Course Leader and she would love to hear from you if you would like to know more about the course and if you are interested in becoming a student on this excellent programme.

You can email Holly directly at or even better, why not give her a call on 01905 542693. Holly will be very pleased to talk with you and looks forward to hearing from you.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course Leader

Dr Holly Taylor Dunn
01905 54 2693