Do you like to approach tasks with an open and critical mind? Enjoy problem solving and want to make a difference? This degree focuses on investigative practices in England and Wales, and highlights elements in international fields of policing and criminal investigation. We’ve designed this degree for people who want to take up a career in policing or within the wider criminal justice system.
What will this course cover?
Throughout this course you’ll scrutinise aspects of criminology, criminal justice and sociology. You’ll cover the intricacies of policing and take a historical perspective on the development of criminal investigation.
As well as contemporary operational policing, you’ll examine key areas of criminal investigation, focusing on core themes such as the role of the investigator, forensic developments, the investigatory framework, human rights and ethics.
Through this carefully structured course you’ll be able to identify a historical chain of events including miscarriages of justice and the corruption that led to the ‘crisis in legitimacy’ back in the 1970s and 1980s. From here our programme will show you the substantial reforms since this time and focus on ‘proactive criminal investigation’ and review potential challenges for the future.
UCAS CODE: L4M9
Building on our special relationship with Thames Valley Police, this course has been designed to turn you into a responsible, responsive and dedicated graduate ready for careers in a range of demanding fields of employment in the police and criminal justice system.
We’re fortunate to have a highly experienced campus team as well as strong links with the police force. Many members of staff have come to Bucks from senior professional posts, so you’ll benefit from their practical experience and first-hand knowledge.
Work in the police force
You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer with Thames Valley Police as a special constable or police community support officer. This is a pre-join requirement for many police forces throughout the UK.
Our Code of Practice Suite gives you a taste of the professional working environment. This includes a mock bedsit, custody desk and suspect interview room, as well as adjoining seminar rooms with live and recorded video feed.
These facilities enable you to observe and understand theory in practical scenarios played out in the Operational Policing module in the third year.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||360 hours|
|Independent learning:||840 hours|
Year 2: 35 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||415 hours|
|Independent learning:||785 hours|
Year 3: 24 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||290 hours|
|Independent learning:||910 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.
|65 percent coursework||25 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|80 percent coursework||5 percent written exams||15 percent practical|
|100 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||0 percent practical|
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96 - 112.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Criminal Justice Process
- Criminal Law and Justice
- Introduction to Policing
- Social Sciences and Policing Practice
- Police Crime and the Media
Year 2 Modules
- Knowledge in Policing (optional)
- Crime Prevention and Reduction (optional)
- Criminal Investigation: Past to Present
- Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
- Police Community Support Officer (optional)
- Policing: Concepts, Theories and Practice (optional)
- Research Methods
- Special Constabulary (optional)
- Forms of Crime
Year 3 Modules
- Criminal Investigation Systems
- Criminal Investigation: Scope of the State
- Operational Policing
How much does it cost
Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £10,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow