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

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

Assessment is based on essays; critical reviews; information leaflets; presentation slides; research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Distance learning £ 3,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 5550