Canterbury Christ Church University - BSc Criminal Investigation

Canterbury Christ Church University

BSc Criminal Investigation

Gain a solid grounding in police criminal investigations while also developing broad knowledge and skills that will set you up for a wide range of careers in criminal justice and beyond or further studies.

Criminal investigation is a central part of police activity, and from looking at the news every day we can see how it influences the public perception of the police and their accountability and legitimacy.

The increase in crime, and the way crime is committed today, provides very different challenges to the detectives of the past. On this course you will adopt a critical approach to criminal investigations, exploring police effectiveness in historic sexual and homicide investigations, public protection, and covert operations.

You will also seek to understand the current context within which detectives work, including a national shortage of detectives, government austerity measures and the rise in technology and complex criminality.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

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Career Prospects

The choice of careers following graduation is wide and varied. Previous graduates have decided to join the police through the traditional route, others have decided to apply for either direct entry detective (metropolitan Police), or fast track detective programme (I.e. Kent Police). Further opportunities exist as investigators for: National Crime Agency, the Military, Independent Office for Police Conduct, Criminal Cases Review Commission, Security Services, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, and so on.

Other graduates have obtained jobs inside the criminal justice system, such as HM probation Service, HM Prison Service, the UK Border Force, etc.

Graduates may also look at the private sector for security related and investigative roles too.

In addition, there are a number charitable and voluntary organisations working with the criminal justice sector and vulnerable groups, such as Victim Support, Mind, Shelter, Nacro, Prince’s Trust, Porchlight, Barnardo’s, etc. offering suitable job opportunities. 

It is important to note that the knowledge and skills that you gain from doing a criminal investigation degree are transferable to other careers and therefore you could embark on a wide range of career pathways, and should not feel tied to the professions listed above.

Some students opt to undertake further research, and go on to study Masters by research on criminal investigation topics of their choice. Others opt to study at Masters level either with a different department (i.e. Law), or at another university that offers postgraduate courses of their choice.

Course Details

In Year 1, you'll study key aspects of the policing function, focusing on areas such as law and policing, crime scene investigation and the criminal justice system. 

In Years 2 and 3, you'll gain deeper knowledge of policing and you'll study specific aspects of criminal investigation, such as investigating crime, evidence, investigative interviewing, human decision-making, major crime investigation, and investigating sexual and domestic abuse.

You'll be able to focus your studies on particular areas of interest through optional modules in areas such as human rights, cyber crime, terrorism and political violence, transnational crime, expert evidence and mental health and violence.

You'll consider aspects of police function that relate to the National Intelligence Model, including how investigation of specific crimes link to the intelligence function, and the use of covert strategies within criminal investigations.

In your final year, you'll conduct independent research leading to your final 8,000 word dissertation. For this module you'll choose a specific aspect of criminal investigation to study in depth with the support of an academic supervisor.

Year 1

Crime: Representations and Realities
Criminal Justice System and How to Tell What Works
Introduction to Professional Policing
Law and Politics of Policing
Introducing Crime Scene Investigation
Crime Science and Problem Solving

Year 2

Decision-Making: Theory and Practice in Policing
Evidence Relating to Criminal Investigation
Criminal Investigation
Investigative Interviewing
Mental Health and Violence
Introduction to Terrorism and Political Violence
News Media, Crime and Justice
Accident, Disaster and Terror Scene Investigation
Cybercrime and Digital Policing
Youth, Crime and Justice

Year 3

Major Crime Investigation
Investigating Sexual and Domestic Abuse
Gangs and Serious Youth Offending
Individual Study
Evidence Based Policing and Research Methods
Cybercrime: Ethical, Professional and Legal Issues
International Justice and Human Rights
Expert and Professional Witnesses
Psychology of Serious and Prolific Offending
Terrorism and Political Violence in the UK
Transnational and Organised Crime

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