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Law, Policing & Investigation

Just think... you could be a lawyer, arguing your case in court or supporting your client through a maze of legislation. You could be a police officer, providing stability and safety in your community. You could be a specialist investigating the scene of a crime, analysing intelligence or fingerprints. You could be a business leader, a policymaker, proposing solutions to everyday problems, or a journalist, reporting on the issues that affect us all every day. Consider being anything you want to be with the skills you acquire through a qualification from our team at Teesside.

Law, Policing & Investigation facilities

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law is equipped with excellent facilities, including a courtroom that replicates Teesside Combined Court. The courtroom has all the features of a modern court and can be used as a fully functioning facility. Our specialist crime scene house is one of only a few such facilities in the country.

  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Crime and Investigation BSc (Hons) Yes Yes View course
International Foundation Year (Social Sciences and Law) Yes No View course
Law LLB (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Law with Business Management LLB (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Law with Policing* LLB (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice* LLB (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Police Studies (Top-up) BSc (Hons) Yes No View course
Policing BSc (Hons) Yes Yes View course

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Degree types explained

* Subject to University approval


Quality teaching

A number of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and have worked in the legal or policing professions.

Developing skills

Study on our programmes provides a comprehensive package of essential employability skills such being able to analyse a range of data, solve problems and develop valued written and oral communication skills. You acquire ways of reasoning that can be applied to your substantive subject area and that are equally transferable to careers across a range of professions. Our innovative assessment methods also equip you with vital research and presentation skills, gained through both individual and group tasks.

First-class facilities

The LLB (Hons) Law, LLB (Hons) Law with Business Management, BSc (Hons) Policing and BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigation are based at Teesside University's Middlesbrough campus, which is equipped with excellent facilities, including a courtroom that has all the features of a modern court and replicates those used at Teesside Combined Court. All law, policing and investigation students are given the opportunity to gain practical experience in this outstanding setting during their time on our programmes.

Teesside Law Clinic is an option module for those on the final year of the LLB (Hons) programme. It offers the opportunity for you to gain invaluable first-hand experience of real cases, network with local law firms and acquire a broad range of highly regarded employability skills. This student-led service to the local community specialises in areas such as employment law, housing and debt recovery. It has attracted national recognition during its first few years of operation and in 2017 won both the Northern Law Awards’ Pro Bono/Community Initiative and the LawWorks & Attorney General's Student Pro Bono Awards 2017, for best contribution by a team of students.

Our Middlesbrough campus is also home to a replica police station, which includes a custody office, front desk and interview rooms, and crime scene facilities, which include a crime scene house laboratory and vehicle examination facility.

Excellent prospects

As a graduate of our LLB (Hons) programmes you gain the necessary exemptions from the academic stage of training. If you graduate from the BSc (Hons) Policing or BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigation programmes you have the opportunity to complete the College of Policing approved Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, enhancing your employability within today’s police service.

While many of our graduates choose to continue their studies through a range of professional courses or opportunities for further academic research, many others have successfully secured employment in fields such as policing, criminal justice agencies, uniformed services, teaching, management, the media, retail and related organisations and pressure groups.


Our staff are at the forefront of legal and criminal justice research nationally and internationally and have delivered papers at a variety of conferences. Research interests include criminal defences, the mental element in crime, criminal justice, international organised crime, volunteers within policing, police education and training and comparative criminal justice. Staff members have also been invited to advise the Law Commission on current criminal law reform proposals.