New Masters degree distance course in Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

A new MA aimed at people wishing to increase their understanding of the interplay between mental distress, domestic violence and sexual abuse is being offered by Goldsmiths University. The programme is available as a distance learning programme, and includes innovative, interactive, experiential and reflective online teaching. Students will learn how to become reflective and inclusive through both theoretical and experiential activities.

Learning will be underpinned by a unique synthesis of psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive behavioural and social theories to examine the impact of being abusive and/or of being abused. The programme focuses on looking at practice and research from these theoretical perspectives and will consider abusiveness and its impact in different cultural and social contexts from childhood to older age. 

Students are required to take 180 credits at Masters level over two calendar years.

If you're looking for a face-to-face programme, the university also offers the MA in Understanding Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse

IT requirements

Students must ensure that

  • they have regular and reliable access to the internet via a broadband connection to use, which is the name of the Goldsmiths Virtual Learning Environment.
  • they make their own arrangements for IT support for their own equipment and Internet connection.
  • they are computer literate and are able to understand basic computing terminologies necessary to undertake the required learning materials available online.

Students are required to pass a basic computer skill test before their enrolment on this programme.

Time commitment

The distance learning MA in Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse requires students to actively engage with the provided written and presented material through regular participation in online discussion groups and occasional participation in online live sessions and group discussions.

Students can assess their progress by using various knowledge assimilation checks throughout the modules, and at the end of each module, a formal assessment will be submitted.

We estimate that participation in the programme will require approximately 15-20 hours per week and encourage applicants to ensure that they can meet this time requirement.