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University of Gloucestershire
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Violence and Abuse Studies*


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Study type
Part Time
Course length
1 Years
Distance Learning (UoG delivery)

Course overview

Violence and Abuse Studies is a course designed for people already working within the violence and abuse field, or those who wish to work in sectors around violence and abuse. This includes those working with victims, perpetrators, communities and other professionals and our approach is all about how different forms of violence and abuse intersect – including violence against people, against the self, and against non-humans.

You will explore theory and practice and how they inter-relate, hear from researchers doing cutting-edge research, and practitioners making innovative changes.  You will explore your own, and your organisations’ practices and think about how things could be done differently to make positive change.

The course is delivered entirely online except for a welcome weekend for people to meet and orientate themselves within the course. The online elements are delivered using Microsoft Teams for live teaching sessions, as well as via the University’s online learning platforms for preparation work and discussion-based activities.

Study style

You’ll study four modules – each supported by researchers and practitioners with cutting-edge expertise in the field. These will be timetabled on one day per week, allowing you to fit the course around work and other commitments. The four modules you will study are:

  • Critical Approaches to Violence, Abuse, Vulnerability and Resilience
  • Listening to Minoritised Voices
  • Evaluating Policy and Interventions
  • Rapid Evidence Assessment

You’ll have a Personal Tutor to support you in your learning and assessment. Through a mix of collaborative discussion, lectures, seminars and contributions from experts from across the world, you’ll reflect on and develop your ideas and practices.

You will have a variety of assessment types, all designed to reflect practical tasks within the violence and abuse sector.

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*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is in the final stages of approval. Courses are normally approved, but if it is not then we will contact applicants and those who register interest to help you find a suitable alternative.

Entry requirements

    • A 2:2 honours degree in a relevant discipline, professional experience within the violence and abuse sector or a combination of these. Professionals without a degree are encouraged to apply on the basis of their professional experience.

    • We may ask to have a conversation with applicants before deciding on their application – this is so we can get to know you better.

    • Applicants should be looking to develop their broader thinking on practice and approach more generally.

Course modules


Fees and costs

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Students usually support themselves through a postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Fee (UK)
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Fee (international)
Total fee
Sep 2024 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) £3,120 £5,700
Sep 2025 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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This postgraduate course is enriched by the extensive experience of our teaching team who collaborate closely with police forces, government agencies, and charities to elevate practices around violence and abuse issues. This ensures that our curriculum is not only research-led and current but also focused on real-world perspectives and external expertise.

You’ll graduate ready to pursue a career where you can make a significant contribution to the violence and abuse sector, whether you choose to work in the charity sector, support services or within the police force.

You’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to drive change, and support communities effectively, making a tangible difference in the field.

Join our vibrant postgraduate community

You will be part of our vibrant and welcoming community of staff and postgraduate students and invited to join School Research Seminars which are held in a hybrid format.

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Extensive collection of resources

Our library has an extensive collection of e-books and e-subscriptions of academic journals – ideal for remote learning.

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Work with industry experts

Members of the course teaching team have led on the creation of staff-student research innovations, including the Sexual Violence Research Group led by Dr Louise Livesey, and the Homicide Research Group led by Professor Jane Monckton-Smith.

PGCert students are invited to join one or more of these groups, which, as well as research, has led to students gaining publications and conference presentation experiences. Participation in these groups will be possible for remote learners via MS Teams.

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Increase your pay potential, specialise in a subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG alumni can benefit from a postgraduate scholarship discount of 15% off tuition fees.

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