• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2017

Course Overview

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.

Course Details


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.

Excellent facilities

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.

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.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Social Sciences & Policing Practice
  • Police, Crime and the Media

Year 2 Modules

  • Crime Prevention and Reduction
  • Criminal Investigation: Past to Present
  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Knowledge of Policing
  • Police Community Support Officer
  • Policing: Concepts, Theories and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Special Constabulary
  • Forms of Crime

Year 3 Modules

  • Criminal Investigation Systems
  • Criminal Investigation: Scope of the State
  • Operational Policing
  • Dissertation


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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow


What are my career prospects

You’ll be qualified for many opportunities in the wider criminal justice system. This includes roles within the police service, the prison service, the probation service, youth offending teams, drug action teams, community partnerships, the Home Office and crime analysis.

You may have an opportunity to take the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) as part of this programme for no additional cost. This programme prepares candidates seeking recruitment with the police service and other related roles in the criminal justice sector, and is a pre-entry requirement for many police forces.

Our special partnership with Thames Valley Police offers you the opportunity to apply for a position as a police community support officer or special constable. This element of work-related learning supports your academic education and will enhance your employability prospects in this sector.

Graduates may decide to further their studies at postgraduate level in Criminology, Policing or other related subjects.

How will you help me prepare for my future?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.