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Postgraduate study
 
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Course overview

This cross-disciplinary programme is open to students and practitioners from the investigative arena. You develop your knowledge of contemporary theory and practices in criminal investigation, relevant legislation, and information relating to criminal justice studies and criminal law. This course develops your intellectual capability and enhances your understanding of national and international criminal justice systems.

This course is inter-disciplinary by nature and offers a strong academic base and theoretical underpinning. It has a clear focus which emphasizes the importance of relevant legislation, policies and practices, linking them to the overall theme exploring criminal investigation.The course includes a dissertation module which will enable you to focus on one of more aspect(s) of a criminal investigation of your choice and one, perhaps, not necessarily taught on the course.

 

Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Dissertation

You gain awareness and skills in research and evaluation, and your ability to integrate, synthesise and critique criminological content, concepts and research methodologies in the production of a research-based dissertation. You complete a piece of empirical or theoretical research and write a dissertation on a criminological topic of your choice.

Investigation of Organised Crime

This module explores organised crime and its investigation by drawing on a number of sources. Relevant literature is supported by academic specialists in the investigation of organised crime and its support. You will critically analyse UK police investigative practices and those in other countries as well as the varying governmental responses internationally.
You are assessed by 4,000-word essay.

Legal Aspects of Investigating Crime

You enhance your understanding of the sources of English law and the structure of the English legal system, and you begin to consider how the English legal system provides for the investigation of criminal acts. You are assessed by a group presentation and a 3,000-word essay.

Social Research Methods

You develop an advanced understanding of the processes and issues of social research. Drawing on philosophical underpinnings central to research methodologies, you consider the relationship between theory, methods and data. You also critically consider balancing theory with conducting research on real issues in the real world. You gain a coherent understanding of the decisions researchers make when deciding which research methods to use and to develop practical skills in using a variety of research methods. You develop a sound understanding of ethical and practical issues in designing, conducting and analysing research.

The Practice of Major Crime Investigation

This module is studied online. It explores how investigators manage, direct, supervise and o-ordinate major crime investigations. It also considers a range of nationally recognised investigative strategies which ensure the ethical, timely and effective investigation of crime in accordance with legislative and police requirements and policing best practice. You are assessed by 4,000-word essay.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

Teaching is student-centred to develop your understanding of theory, practice and presentation.

The programme commences with a three-day block induction period to enable you to meet staff and be introduced to the programme. You then begin a blended learning programme, which involves studying both in the classroom and independently via on-line learning.

These teaching methods offer you the opportunity to develop subject-specific knowledge and understanding, developing your cognitive-intellectual, practical-professional and generic key skills.

Your research skills are developed during the research module and further developed through the course, enabling you to conduct your research successfully towards more specialist fields of enquiry for your dissertation.

The programme involves high levels of personal responsibility and self-direction. It requires you to work with complex knowledge, theory and concepts appropriate to postgraduate studies. On the completion of this course, you should be able to plan, manage and evaluate your own learning effectively so as to become an independent lifelong learner.

How you are assessed

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each module, either via on-line tasks or by classroom tasks, offering you feedback to assist you to develop your skills.

This programme adopts a wide range of formal assessment methods which assists you to achieve the learning outcomes and to evaluate the effectiveness of your learning. Essays and other forms of writing are commonly used. These assess your analytical, evaluative and communication skills. Presentations allow you to demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of the key subject matter.

Seen examinations test your knowledge and information retention as well as your fluency. You are required to undertake appropriate criminal investigation-related research. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate standard of research and enquiry into a specialised area of investigation, displaying an analytical discussion of that area.

 
 

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a second-class honours degree in a relevant field. However, those who have relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience will also be considered.

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Employability

Career opportunities

Graduates are equipped to work within, or progress their existing careers in, the criminal justice institutions, such as the police, prison and probation services, other investigation-related institutions and organisations, and relevant private sectors.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Full-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£5,900 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£12,045 a year

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  • Length: within 1 year
  • Enrolment date: January and September
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Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£655 for each 20 credits

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Enrolment date: September
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Progress

Stand out from other job applicants with your higher level qualification, specialist knowledge and expanded networks.

 

Skills

Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

Campus

Study in our friendly town-centre campus with over £270m recently invested and another £300m over the next 10 years.

 

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Open days

16 November 2019
Postgraduate open day

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