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Undergraduate study

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigation course draws on law, crime scene science, criminology and investigation, giving you a broad, holistic and stimulating learning experience.

Knowledge and skills developed will be valuable across a range of careers such as the police, prison service, probation service, border force, intelligence services, forensic services, and civilian investigation.

The degree team have substantial professional and teaching experience, and delivery methods are varied, including practical skills and theoretical knowledge with a ‘real-life’ flavour.

Our well-established links with criminal justice organisations and practitioners, locally and nationally, ensures your course is relevant and adds additional depth and breadth to your studies.

We support you to build your confidence as you progress through the course. We’ll teach you how to study well, write coherently and critically engage with ideas, giving you key transferable skills, which form the foundations of a successful career.

Top reasons to study this course

  • It’s incredibly varied and interesting – you’ll enjoy it.
  • You develop an in-depth knowledge of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system.
  • Find out what causes crime and be part of the solutions.
  • Your career choices are varied including the police, prison, and forensics services.


Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Crime Scene Examination

This module develops your range of oral, written and professional skills needed to work as a member of an investigative team dealing with the wide range of challenging situations you are likely to encounter in the workplace. You will be involved in simulated crime scenes and practical exercises.

You develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively as a member of a team within a criminal or civil law enforcement investigation.

A series of keynote lectures from qualified crime scene examiners, police and forensic personnel are linked to tutorials dealing with study skills, simulated crimes scenes, role-plays and practical exercises.

Typically a trial is used for this 250 word report, an example is: In 250 words describe the outcomes of a recent criminal trial and how it affected the admissibility of evidence, such as the 1993 Daubert ‘v’ Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical Incorporated (30%).

You also submit a portfolio which may contain a range of simulated court attendance and associated statement; fibre tapings from seat; fibre tapings from window; blood swab; powdered footwear mark; powdered and lifted fingerprint from flat surface; powdered and lifted fingerprint from a curved surface; set of ten prints; hair combings from suspect; item of clothing packaged; and a presentation.

This portfolio meets a number of Skills for Justice National Occupational standards for crime scene investigators and the Crime Scene Investigation component for the Forensic Science Society.

Foundations of Investigation

This module begins by examining the historical role of the enforcement of laws, within England and Wales. Particular attention focuses upon the historical development and contemporary role and function of policing, forensic investigation, the investigation of sudden death, the process of criminal investigation and the role of victims and witnesses. The module also introduces you to a range of theoretical explanations of crime and deviance.

Foundations of Law

This module is the foundation of the programme. It introduces the English legal system and equips you with the methods and skills you need to study law at undergraduate level. You cover legal research and writing - essential skills for success throughout the degree. You also develop your key skills and begin to critically reflect on your own performance. In this module you are introduced to the University’s replica courtroom where you begin to develop law-specific and general presentation skills.

Introduction to Digital Investigation

You explore digital data, devices in modern society, and digital investigation principles and guidelines.

Learning the Lessons – Historical Investigations

This module begins by introducing you to historical, criminal investigations. This will then develop your awareness of some of the most important investigations in criminal history in England and Wales.

Studying Skills for Professional Practice

This module develops and strengthens the skills which are essential for study within a higher education environment. These skills include the ability to work effectively and independently within the guidelines operated by the school and the University, such as; adherence to academic regulations, time management and the organisation of academic work, analytical thinking and writing skills, the use of basic research and data presentation technique(s), referencing and employability related skills such as developing a CV and building/seeking opportunities to develop work related experience through volunteering and placements.


Year 2 core modules

Exploring Investigation

This module introduces you to issues relating to contemporary investigation practices. Building on knowledge gained in level 4 modules, it will expand your existing knowledge of criminal investigations, broadening the focus to include state and political crime, and issues relating to the recording of crime and the sentencing of offenders. Assessment focuses around researching a topic, presenting it, and reflecting upon that process.

Fingerprints and their Uses in the Investigative Process

This module allows you to demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of fingerprints and their use in the investigative process. It lets you synthesise, appraise and evaluate data and evidence from relevant and reliable sources to make independent judgements on the analysis, comparison, verification and evaluation of fingerprints.

This module will be assessed by the completion of practical sessions classifying and verifying fingerprints and the writing of a 2,000-word critical discussion.'

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.

Investigation in Context

This module will develop your existing knowledge in relation to crime and its investigation, drawing on existing cases to offer an updated context, focusing on current investigative practices, preparing you for your final year of study.

Law and Procedure

In this module you are provided with an opportunity to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the nature and purpose of the criminal law, the basic elements of a crime, and a variety of specific criminal offences and defences. You will also develop a detailed and critical understanding of the rules and regulations which impact on the modern investigation of crime, with a particular focus on human rights.


and one optional module

Final-year core modules

Applied Investigation

You will explore a number of key issues in this module including new police products such as the core investigative doctrine, the impact of the growth in serious and organised criminal activity upon national and transnational investigations, the increasing use of technology within investigation and the role of other professionals in investigation.


This module allows you to demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of fingerprints and their use in the Investigative Process. It will allow you to synthesise, appraise and evaluate data and evidence from relevant and reliable sources to make independent judgements on the assessment, comparison, evaluation and verification of fingerprints.

Defendants and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System

This module focuses on the law concerned with the obtaining and admissibility of evidence at trial. It challenges you to explore the relevance of evidence in the investigatory process and during the criminal trial. Whilst the module is suited for those who wish to continue their studies and join various legal or investigative professions, it is an academic module and examines the law of evidence from an academic viewpoint.


This module begins with formal lectures and seminars covering topics like how to conduct a dissertation and the research process – timetabling, supervision, structure and guidelines will be covered. You will be provided with a supervisor to support and guide you through the dissertation process. Personal development is embedded within the process as you are expected to complete a reflective diary.


and one optional module

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

All modules are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, and the forensic modules also include practical sessions. In lectures, specific information is delivered to larger groups while, in the smaller seminar groups, you can explore these issues in more depth supported by independent study. Forensic sessions provide the in-depth study and application of skills within the crime scene house laboratory, vehicle examination laboratory, mock police station, interview rooms and the mock courtroom.

How you are assessed

Assessment is varied and includes essays, portfolios, presentations, projects, case studies, evidence gathering, examinations and a dissertation. Some modules have several pieces of assessed work to help you to develop your skills throughout the academic year. Also, some assessed sessions will be undertaken within the crime scene house laboratory.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You must have GCSE English Language grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent.

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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

You can enter a broad range of careers including the police service as a police officer or member of police staff (for example, crime scene investigator, intelligence analyst, fingerprint examiner), other law enforcement or criminal justice agencies, voluntary organisations, the public sector or the law sector, and postgraduate training or study.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure you are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.


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Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: FM49 BSc/CI
  • Start date: September
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  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent)

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2021/22 entry

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£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: Up to 5 years
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  • Start date: September
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