Taught course

Missing Persons: Global Perspectives (Distance Learning) - Short Course

University of Portsmouth · School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Short course

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject or a masters degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent, professional experience and/ or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of work.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content


On this Missing Persons: Global Perspectives short course, you'll consider the needs and challenges faced by people who go missing, and their relatives. Whether you're from the UK or overseas, if you want to gain an insight into the subject area of missing persons, this course is for you.

During your studies, you'll get an understanding of real practices used by those investigating and managing cases. You'll also be introduced to key areas where research has influenced policy and practice in the UK and abroad, and focus on day-to-day missing person incidents – rather than large scale events such as wars, natural disasters or political events.

This course is ideal if you have a relevant undergraduate degree, or you can demonstrate work or volunteering experience in the field.

What You'll Experience

On this short course, you'll cover:

  • The nature and scale of missing persons
  • The impact on the families of those who are missing
  • The investigation of a missing person
  • Missing children – including abduction, missing from care and child exploitation
  • Missing adults – including mental health, dementia and human trafficking
  • The experience of being a missing person
  • Missing persons and the media

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Short course
    part time
    4.5 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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