Undergraduate study

Course overview

This course explores issues in policing and criminal justice enabling you to gain insights into how the process of policing and investigative process is conducted, the significance of forensic evidence, and the legal constraints of an investigation and its impact on the wider criminal justice system.

It allows you to enhance your previous study to achieve a BSc (Hons) degree. It enables you to think more independently and critically about issues that interest you within policing and wider society.

You develop your skills at conducting research and have the opportunity to write a dissertation in an area of policing that is of interest to you. Build your own pathway through the degree programme, motivated by your own particular interests or employment aspirations. However you shape your degree, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge that will be very attractive to future employers.


Course details

Course structure

Core modules


This module begins with six weeks of formal lectures and seminars to cover issues relating to how to conduct a dissertation or work-based project.

Issues such as time-tabling and reflective diary as well as undertaking the research process, supervision, structure and guidelines will be covered.

Following from this, your supervisor will support and guide you through the dissertation process.

Every Contact Leaves a Trace

Every contact leaves a trace is a phrase used to sum up Locard's Exchange Principle, which is the foundation of forensic science.

This module develops your knowledge, skills and understanding of the use of scientific evidence within the criminal justice system, and requires you to learn how to locate, record and recover forensic evidence. It also develops your knowledge, skills and understanding of the uses of forensic, fingerprint and witness evidence in the investigation of crime.

As a result the module also explores potential investigative career opportunities for graduates.

Investigating Research Methods

This module introduces you to the range of research methodologies used by social scientists. You acquire an understanding of how research informs your academic discipline: why researchers use particular research methods to investigate specific issues and how to evaluate methodological decisions. The module also introduces you to key research design, data collection and analysis techniques through practical activities and engaging with existing research. Ethics and practical issues will form a central theme of the module.

Professionalising the Investigative Process

This module expands upon your understanding of the investigative process. It examines the development of the concept of investigation, from its early roots in policing through to current investigative processes employed within the UK. You gain an insight into processes observed by police investigators and the regulations applied to the growing body of private investigators.

Specific elements of the module include the interviewing of witnesses, victims and suspects, guidelines and roles relevant to the investigative process, and the management of the incident room.


and one optional module

Concepts and Principles of International Management

This module develops your awareness and understanding of some of the key paradigms, principles, models, theories, concepts, techniques and practices of management and international management. You will then be able to appropriately explain, evaluate and apply the concepts, models and techniques.

International Policing

The module examines the policing systems in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, along with the law enforcement agencies in place to assist the investigation of transnational crime.

The module charts the respective police services development and you explore the structural variations that exist between them. Attention is given to the function and role of the wider police family in different societies, the different tasks and responsibilities undertaken by policing personnel, and the relationship between the police and the wider society of their native country.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

All modules are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars which are interspersed with a broad range of learning opportunities including workshops, case studies, peer group discussions, independent study, online materials, individual and group tutorials, guest speakers and practical sessions within the replica crime scene house, vehicle examination laboratory, police station, interview rooms and the replica courtroom.

We encourage opportunities for volunteering within the criminal justice sector.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed through a range of formative and summative methods in oral, written and alternative formats. These comprise traditional assessment methods including:

  • assignments
  • reports
  • reflections
  • practical tasks
  • presentations
  • negotiated research and dissertation.

Timetabling information
As a full-time student your timetabled hours are between Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. On Wednesdays the latest you will be timetabled is until 1.00pm. Hours of attendance vary between 12 hours and 20 hours per week. Part-time undergraduate students are required to attend during the same days and times as full-time students but for only a proportion of the time, dependant on the modules being taken. Module choices are discussed with course tutors during the enrolment and induction period. Further details are automatically sent to applicants due to enrol this year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants require 80-96 credits at levels 4 and 5 (achieved through successful completion of an FD or HND Public Services, Uniformed Services, Police Studies, Community and Public Services or Public Services Management).

International students should also consider criteria for admission and direct entry and achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Graduates will typically be aspiring to work within the policing or other uniformed services disciplines.


Information for international applicants


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Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for non UK/EU applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year; Top-up Award (Point of entry: Year 3)
  • UCAS code: L435 BSc/PolSt
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • End date: 15/05/2020
  • Timetable available: 23/08/2018
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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  • Not available part-time

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