Policing and Criminal Investigation

BSc (Hons), MSci

Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (MSci) full-time; 4 years placement
UCAS code: FM4X, FM5X (with a placement year), 2C67 (MSci)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

This course will prepare you for a wide variety of roles within the public and private sectors.

Our BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation degree will equip you with a high level of investigative expertise and policing knowledge.

The MSci route combines both Bachelors and Masters-level study in one integrated course and provides you with the opportunity to develop at a higher level in your final year.

Both options will prepare you for a career with the Police, Armed Forces, HMRC, Post Office Investigation, insurance investigators and private organisations, as well as other areas.

Students following the BSc (Hons) route can opt for the sandwich version of this course. By doing so, you will complete a one-year placement with a police force or organisation that works within the criminal justice system, to further your investigative skills and employability.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation, MSci Policing and Criminal Investigation

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In your first year, you will develop both policing and forensic skills. In particular, you’ll take a closer look at police powers including: the power of arrest and searching individuals and property, the importance of evaluating and assessing a crime scene, how recovered evidence can drive an investigation, and the science involved in the analysis of evidential samples.

In Year 2, we put a greater emphasis on improving your investigative skills and case file preparation techniques. You will deal with persons in custody and will have the opportunity to interview potential suspects, witnesses and victims.

If you are a BSc (Hons) student, your final year will cover planned operations to combat major crime involving serious incidents.In addition, you will study intelligence issues and covert policing.

For MSci students, your fourth year will provide the opportunity to work more independently through either a placement or a research assistantship. The year will also include a study of advanced research methods and investigative techniques.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Introduction to Policing Compulsory
Introduction to Forensic Science Compulsory
Science for Justice Compulsory
Recording the Crime Scene Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Introduction to Policing Compulsory
Introduction to Forensic Science Compulsory
Policing Science Compulsory
Missing Persons Investigation Optional
Facial Recognition Optional

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Crime and Dishonesty Compulsory
Investigative Skills Compulsory
Contemporary Policing Compulsory
Research and Professional Skills for Policing Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Crime and Dishonesty Compulsory
Investigative Skills Compulsory
Contemporary Policing Compulsory
Drugs of Abuse Optional
Forensic Science Methods of Crime Detection Optional
Vehicle Collision Investigation Optional
Forensic Archaeology Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Independent Project Compulsory
Intelligence and Major Crime Investigation Compulsory
Case File to Court Compulsory
Techniques in the Identification of Human Remains Optional
Practical Methods of Crime Detection Optional
Analysis and Investigation of TEREFF Incidents Optional
Field School Forensic Archaeology Optional
Cyber Crime Optional
Forensic Multimedia Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Independent Project Compulsory
Intelligence and Major Crime Investigation Compulsory
Case File to Court Compulsory
Techniques in the Identification of Human Remains Optional
Practical Methods of Crime Detection Optional
Analysis and Investigation of TEREFF Incidents Optional
Field School Forensic Archaeology Optional
Cyber Crime Optional
Forensic Multimedia Optional

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Research Methods Compulsory
Advanced Investigative Techniques Compulsory
Forensic Multimedia (if not taken at level 6) Optional
Specialist Topics in Forensic Science Optional
The Human Capital Dimension Optional
Change Leadership Optional
Transnational Justice and Organised Crime Optional
Crimes of the Powerful: Corporate, White-collar and Financial Crime Optional
Trafficking: The Illegal Trade in People, Goods and Services Optional
Crimes Against Humanity: State Crime, War Crimes and Transnational Terrorism Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Forensic and Crime Science Placement Optional
Research Assistantship in Forensic and Crime Science Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.