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Criminology and Policing Courses

Top 20

University for Criminology

(Guardian League Table 2017)


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

Our Criminology and Policing courses are hands-on, vibrant and engaging; you will have the opportunity to work on real cases, assist the police in public order exercises, visit prisons and much more.

Study our Criminology and Policing courses and you’ll build a solid understanding of criminal justice and enforcement. You’ll also be able to specialise in key areas such as the police, probation service and youth offending teams; agencies in which many of our lecturers have already worked. You’ll benefit from their knowledge and networks - so you’ll be learning all the skills you need for your criminal justice and policing career.

As the home of the International Policing and Justice Institute, the University of Derby enjoys a world-class reputation for police education and research, which you will be able to take full advantage of during your Criminology and Policing studies.

“Staff definitely go that extra mile”

Emily Ferry

“The Criminology and Policing course provided plenty of opportunities to talk to practitioners, visit courts and prisons, and to participate in a mock murder inquiry looking at crime scene work. We looked at real cases, interviewed offenders, and carried out our own research projects. This opportunity was vital to our understanding of criminal behaviours and rehabilitation issues.

“I highly recommend the University of Derby, the teaching is great and the open door policy is second to none. Staff definitely go that extra mile.”

This is Criminology and Policing

  • Study our Criminology and Policing courses in our dedicated £20 million building - One Friar Gate Square. It includes law courts and interview suites. We also have a Crime Scene House on a residential street
  • You’ll develop your skills in problem solving, communication, negotiation and building relationships; all are transferable skills that prepare you for your chosen career
  • Our partnerships with organisations including the College of Policing, Royal Malaysia Police and the FBI create opportunities for visits, fieldtrips, volunteering and placements to build your criminal justice and policing career experience
  • You can spend a semester of your second year studying our Criminology and Policing courses at one of our partner universities in the USA, or take part in the Erasmus scheme and spend up to one year studying in a partner EU university.

What our Criminology and Policing graduates do

Our criminology and policing degrees are innovative and challenging. They’ll give you the skills you need to pursue a career in a variety of areas.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • policing
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • probation and prison services
  • youth offending teams
  • law enforcement agencies.