University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Child Forensic Studies: Psychology and Law (Distance Learning)

This is a unique degree designed especially for professionals working with children caught up in the legal system. Supported by academics and clinicians who have research interests and expertise in child witnessing and children as suspects/offenders, this course provides a chance for you to study relevant specialist topics and continue in employment.

Entry requirements

MSc: Students should usually have an honours degree or equivalent. Applicants with professional qualifications in lieu of an honours degree will be considered on an individual basis. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Year 1: Child development and investigative interviewing of children; law and procedures relating to children; quantitative and qualitative research methods. Year 2 optional modules: Communication and investigative interviewing of people with intellectual disabilitie; cognitive behavioural therapy; detecting deception and child perpetrators; research project.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment: Despite its distance learning mode, this course is still extremely student focused. You will be given resources, materials, help and guidance to complete your studies to your full ability. Using our virtual learning environment you can participate in group discussions with other students in a friendly yet challenging online class environment. Plus real-time text based 'chat sessions' with lecturers will ensure you receive all the support you need for the topics you study. How are you assessed? You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics, however there are no examinations and all assessment is coursework based. Here's how we assess your work: essays, critical reviews, information leaflets, wikis, presentation slides, a research project


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning (full-time) September 2018 7,700 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Distance learning September 2018 3,850 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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