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BSc (Hons)

Policing & Criminal Investigation

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

Interested in working in law enforcement? Our Policing and Criminal Investigation degree may be the right fit for you. By gaining specialist knowledge and practical experience, we'll prepare you to enter an exciting career.

On our Policing and Criminal Investigation university course, you'll explore a range of subjects. From crime scene investigation and criminal law to cybercrime and homicide investigation. Plus, a wide range of ethical and political issues.

It’s a course with a practical focus on your employability. You'll get the opportunity to have vital experiences shadowing real investigators. As well as the opportunity to spend a year studying at police academies in Europe.

You’ll learn from active serving officers and even have our support for becoming a Special Constable during your studies.

In your final year, you’ll have the flexibility to customise your degree in the area that interests you most. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills and understanding you need to pursue a career not just in policing, but also in the military, industry, commerce and more.

Why study with us

  • You’ll learn from a team of experienced academics as well as serving and former police officers.
  • As part of our collaboration with Lancashire Constabulary, you can gain experience shadowing a crime scene investigator.
  • Our Forensic Science subjects are 1st in the North West for overall student satisfaction, teaching quality and academic support - National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.

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What you'll do

  • You’ll get an introduction to criminal law, the English legal system and forensic science. Alongside a range of topics around policing and criminal investigation.
  • Learn about a range of investigation skills, criminalistics and contemporary policing issues. And you'll produce a dissertation on a topic that interests you.
  • Want to spend time abroad? Whether it's studying policing with one of our partner universities in the USA, Australia or Europe, or going to a Police Academy in either Prague or Budapest for a semester.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Careers in Policing & Criminal Investigation

Build a career in delivering justice for our communities, with a Policing and Criminal Investigation degree. You'll gain scientific skills, specialist knowledge and hands-on experience. 

Criminal investigation and policing studies allows you to build the skills and experience needed to pursue a career in policing or the wider field of investigation. Whether you’re aiming to join the leading ranks or become an expert in a specialist area of investigation.

Get to grips with the practical skills you'll need by learning in our forensic lab, crime scene houses and a simulated control room suite. We also work with Lancashire Constabulary so you have the opportunity to gain real-life experience. 

Get to grips with the practical skills you'll need by learning in our forensic lab, crime scene houses and a simulated control room suite. We also work with Lancashire Constabulary so you have the opportunity to gain career-boosting experience. This enables you to volunteer as a Special Constable (on your own time) or shadow an investigator. 

In your second year, you could study abroad at a university in Europe, United States, Canada or Australia. Or even spend a semester at a police academy in Poland, Hungary or the Czech Republic. This is an opportunity to gain valuable life skills while showing potential employers that you have both maturity and self-sufficiency.

When you graduate, you should be ready to pursue a career in your local constabulary, a law enforcement agency or national security agency. You’ll also have the transferable skills to look elsewhere. From the military to business, as well as the academic foundation for study at a postgraduate level.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Justice located in the Faculty of Business and Justice

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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