BSc (Hons)

Policing, Law Enforcement & Investigation

3 Years
September 2024
In Person
Foundation entry

Interested in working in law enforcement? Our Policing, Law Enforcement and 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.

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 Social Sciences courses are ranked 2nd in UK for academic support with 83% student satisfaction - National Student Survey (NSS) 2022.

A day in the life of a Policing student

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The Hydra Minerva Suite at the University of Central Lancashire

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Professor of Criminal Justice and Policing, Sarah Kingston recently appeared on ITV News Granada Reports to discuss the rise in sex work on OnlyFans and the safety issues surrounding this.
Professor of Criminal Justice and Policing, Sarah Kingston recently appeared on ITV News Granada Reports to discuss the rise in sex work on OnlyFans and the safety issues surrounding this.

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.


Course delivery

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


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

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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Missing Persons Information Unit

By joining our Missing Person Investigation Unit, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the families of missing people. You can develop lines of enquiry, and work within a wider network of cold-case missing person investigators.

Cybercrime Advice Clinic

Get involved with our Cybercrime Advice Clinic. You can work with victims of cybercrime within Lancashire (and beyond). Help and support victims after they have been targeted by cyber criminals.

Careers in Policing, Law Enforcement and 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.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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


This course is based in the School of Law and Policing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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