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Child Forensic Studies: Psychology and Law (Distance Learning) MSc

Course content

Whether you're new to the field of child forensics, or already working with children in the legal system, our MSc Child Forensic Studies: Psychology and Law course will take your vocation to the next level.

Whatever your level of experience in dealing with child victims, witnesses or suspects, this course will help you enhance your knowledge and skills in the field. You'll study child development, the laws and procedures relating to children, and working with child witnesses. We'll provide the expertise and support you need to develop your professional practice.

Once you graduate, you'll have the tools you need to take your career in child forensics further, such as in management roles in the Police Force or Social Services.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from expert staff and researchers who are active in the field of child forensic psychology research
  • Take part in live webchats to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
  • Study child development and young offenders, law and procedures relating to children, and interviewing child witnesses
  • Complete a project based on your own research
  • Tap into our library’s electronic resources, which can be accessed both online and at your local library via the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) scheme

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to find internships, voluntary roles and opportunities to complement your studies during the course.

When you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in a child forensics role.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

On this course, you'll build on your experience of working with child victims, witnesses or suspects to enhance your knowledge and skills, and get an academic qualification.

If you're a recent graduate, you'll have the skills needed to start your career in the field.

Previous graduates have made significant progress in their careers, moving on to senior management positions and beyond. You may decide to pursue a career in related professions such as the police, or further your studies with a social work qualification in order to work directly with children.


Visit the Child Forensic Studies: Psychology and Law (Distance Learning) MSc page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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