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Criminal Investigation with Policing Studies BA (Hons)

De Montfort University
36 months
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Bachelor's degree
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Criminal Investigation with Policing Studies BA (Hons)

Program description

Criminal Investigation with Policing Studies BA (Hons)

Our Criminal Investigation and Policing Studies course can teach you the skills to become a professional practitioner in the public or private policing sector.

This programme is the ideal choice if you’re interested in studying policing or criminal investigation but do not necessarily wish to pursue a career in the police service. This provides opportunities for you to pursue a career as an investigator or intelligence officer in other law enforcement agencies.

Taught by policing and criminology academics with substantial experience of criminal justice practice, in the first year you will get an introduction to criminology and the profession of policing, as well as learn how to research in the crime and justice sector and gain an understanding of the criminal justice system. In years two and three, you will study topics covering the leadership and management of contemporary issues in policing, research for effective practice and multi-agency working, as well as complete a dissertation on a subject of your own choice. Both years will have a bespoke progressive investigation taught module, which is designed to develop your critical understanding of operational and critical incident investigations within public and private law enforcement agencies and within the Criminal Justice System.

Admission requirements


  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or English Literature

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 112 points for the BA (Hons) from at least two A levels


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

International Baccalaureate

  • 24+ points

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE overall 112 UCAS tariff with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit.

We may still consider applicants that do not meet the GCSE requirements providing they can demonstrate ability or attainment in these subjects in an alternative way; usually through work experience, alternative qualifications or by a University admissions test or interview. All such applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Program content

First Year

  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • The Criminal Justice System and its Legislative Context
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • The Profession of Policing

Second Year

  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (I)
  • Researching for Effective Practice
  • Elective Modules
  • Investigative Management - Investigative Management and Leadership (I)

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Multi-Agency Working
  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (II)
  • Investigative Management– InvestigativeManagement and Leadership (II)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

A variety of teaching methods, include:

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Seminars
  • Desk-top exercises
  • Workshops
  • E-learning
  • Specialist guest lectures from practitioners
  • Visits to practitioners in action

Tuition fees

2021/22 tuition fees

  • UK students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £14,250 per year
  • EU students: Check the website for more information

Career opportunities

Graduates from this course can benefit from a wide variety of career choices, including the opportunity to pursue employment within public and private law and regulatory enforcement fields. Upon completion of this programme, work opportunities are also available within other agencies and related fields including Victim Support, HM Prison Service (HMPS), Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and youth work.

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About this institute

De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...

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Why study at De Montfort University

  • Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
  • TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
  • Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
  • 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

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De Montfort University

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LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom

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