On this Missing Persons 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.
- Mode of study: Online through distance learning
- Duration: 3.5 months
- Start and end dates: 14 January – 29 April 2019
- Credits: 30
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
You will have access to:
- A unit coordinator to access support and guidance when you need it
- An interactive reading list, ensuring speedy delivery of reading material
- A growing library of e-books and e-journals in criminology and psychology.
- Free dispatch of books and offprints of journal articles, when these are not available online (offprints available for UK students only)
- A students’ card for the duration of the course – entitling you to a host of benefits
- A transcript of studies and a University Certificate
You'll learn through our Virtual Learning environment, where you'll have access to all the materials you need and direct contact with tutors.
How you'll spend your time
During this course, you'll spend your time reading the course material, and engage in independent reading from our extensive reading list.
How you'll be assessed
You'll be assessed based on a 3,000-word essay and a 3,000-word portfolio.
You'll need an undergraduate degree, or demonstrable relevant work experience, such as working as a police officer, social worker, health and care practitioner, or for a non-governmental organisation.
You'll need a sufficient level of English for this course to understand the material and pass assignments. If English is not your first language, you'll need to demonstrate your English level. You'll need to take an approved English language test and send us your results with your application.
Language requirements are in accordance with standard University entry requirements, which is International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum score of 7.0 for postgraduate level.