Full-time: 3 years
£9,250 per year (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
120 (September 2021 entry)
One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus
- You’ll gain advanced understanding of the investigation process, explore contemporary policing and deepen your understanding of criminology, forensics and sociology.
- ‘Learn by doing’. Investigative work experience will be central to your studies: our links with employers like Nottinghamshire Police, NEXT PLC, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and Rolls-Royce will open doors for you.
- There are opportunities to enhance your professional experience by becoming a Police Support Volunteer.
- You’ll gain unique insights into real-world practices from our experienced teaching team which includes former police detectives, criminal and corporate investigators.
- Our excellent learning facilities range from a replica courtroom and interview suite to a crime scene house.
- An opportunity to achieve an additional qualification in youth justice.
“Volunteering with Nottinghamshire Police has been invaluable to me. It has allowed me to be involved in the day-to-day activities with a police investigative unit and learn things that will help enormously with my future job applications.” Grace Jolly Current BA (Hons) Policing and Investigations student
If you’re interested in how policing and investigations work, this distinctive degree delivers advanced skills and knowledge which can take you far.
Throughout, the degree brings together the theory, policy and practice of policing and investigations, criminology, forensics and criminal justice, which means you’ll be able to evaluate critically the contemporary challenges facing police officers, criminal investigators and civilian investigators.
With applied learning at the heart of this course, you’ll gain a solid introduction to criminal and corporate investigation and a logical framework for understanding investigative processes. Drawing on fascinating case studies, you’ll also explore historical, empirical and theoretical approaches to key issues in evidence gathering and criminal justice.
Thanks to our links with prominent employers – such as NEXT PLC, Nottinghamshire Police, Rolls-Royce and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) – you’ll enjoy unique opportunities to gain vital investigative work experience throughout your studies.
Working with employers means you can experience different areas of investigation, such as retail or human trafficking, and put the theories you’ve learnt in the classroom into practice in the workplace. The skills you gain will add substance to your CV and increase your employability in the competitive graduate job market.
There may also be the chance to broaden your perspectives through fieldtrips: in the past, our students have visited settings such as police custody suites, a prison, victim support facilities, courts and various voluntary organisations working within the criminal justice sphere.
“The programme offered by the University of Derby will help to professionalise retail investigations, assisting the industry to reduce the cost of business crime. We are also passionate to provide students with real world experiences to help them gain the world class knowledge and skills they need to make a positive impact in the sector.” Richard Stones OBE. Former Head of Retail Loss Prevention, NEXT PLC and now Lecturer in Criminal and Corporate Investigations
Volunteering with the police
We fully support you to apply and become a Police Support Volunteer alongside your studies. This gives you the chance to develop your professional practice and the experience is invaluable if you would like to pursue a career in policing when you graduate.
Police Support Volunteers perform tasks which complement the duties of police officers and police staff investigators. Volunteer roles range from front counter services and administration to following up crime reports with members of the public.
One of our key partnerships is with Nottinghamshire Police where our students have been attached to different units including the investigative team to see how investigations take place close-up.
A recent success story is a ‘meet and greet’ scheme run in association with Nottinghamshire Police and Rushcliffe Borough Council where student volunteers are helping local retailers and businesses to prevent crime such as shoplifting. They provide a visible presence in the community, engage with members of the public and offer new channels for contacting the police – all while gaining real-life exposure to policing.
There are rigorous application procedures, including vetting, for Police Support Volunteer roles and we will assist you through the process. We also support students who want to join the Special Constabulary, a force of trained volunteers who go out on patrol and form a vital link between the regular full-time police and the local community.
If you have a particular interest in youth justice, the BA (Hons) Policing and Investigations gives you the chance to achieve an additional professional qualification – the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate (YJEPC) – alongside your degree studies.
The YJEPC is the most widely held qualification in youth justice and brings together current theory, practice and evidence. It will not only boost your employability in the eyes of potential employers but also help you to make more effective judgements in your future career.
The opportunity to gain the YJEPC is available if you take two specific modules – Working with Young Offenders and Youth Justice.
You’ll be inspired by a teaching team with a wealth of professional experience in policing and investigation. This ensures your learning is enriched by the latest thinking and ideas.
Derby has one of the largest teams of academics with policing experience in any UK university and the work of our International Policing and Justice Institute has helped us build a reputation as a world-leading provider of police education.
We pride ourselves on a superb network of contacts – from chief constables and crime commissioners to leading figures in organisations such as the Society of Evidence-based Policing and the British Society of Criminology. Thanks to such strong links, we can offer you an outstanding visiting speaker programme where influential professionals from all fields of policing and investigation share their experiences with you.
Equipment and resources
As a BA (Hons) Policing and Investigations student, you’ll be based on the Derby Campus at One Friar Gate Square, affectionately known as ‘the copper box’. Offering the perfect environment for innovative and engaging teaching, it includes a replica crown court and interview rooms alongside well-resourced lecture theatres, seminar rooms and social learning spaces. Students have also been able to make use of other specialist facilities at the University such as our forensic crime scene house.
Because you’ll be working alongside students taking courses in subjects such as law, criminology and sociology, there are many opportunities to share knowledge, expertise and experience.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Virtual Open Day
Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.Explore our Virtual Open Day
How you are assessed
Assessment is via a range of methods including:
- investigative strategies
- applied interviewing and evaluations
- the production of statements
- the completion of police files
Who you'll meet
You'll be taught by a teaching team with over 250 years combined experience in the criminal justice sector. They include:
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
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September 2021 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Pass Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
The University of Derby in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police and Derbyshire Constabulary run the police cadet scheme resulting in the Foundation in Policing qualification. On successful completion of the Foundation in Policing, applicants applying for this course will qualify for entry.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
We equip you with highly transferable skills in loss prevention, investigatory practice and investigative interviewing which will give you a broad career scope. Because the degree is designed in close partnership with constabularies, it is an excellent stepping stone if you want to pursue a career in the policing family once you have graduated. You could, however, consider other roles in the broader criminal justice system, civilian investigation, retail investigation, business crime investigation, crime reduction partnerships, security and loss prevention.
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.
The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
You can go on to postgraduate study at Derby, with MSc qualifications in subjects such as Criminal Investigation, Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation. These expand your knowledge into specialist areas and accelerate your progression to more senior and leadership roles.
“I was immediately drawn to this particular course as I felt it coincided with both my professional and research interests. As someone who already works in practice, I was impressed to see that the course could be tailored for someone who is employed, allowing me a flexible approach to my studies.” Alan Harrop, MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology.
As a graduate of the University of Derby, you can benefit from a 25% Alumni discount on your postgraduate course fees. Terms and conditions apply.
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Additional information about your studies
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.
Included in your fees
- DBS checks (if required for WBL - volunteering positions)
- Access to Geographic Information Systems software, Arc GIS
- International study trip - previous trips have included The Hague. Local trips and visits to criminal justice organisations (PSU training, CBR Critical Incident training, prisons, police HQ, custody suites, courts)
- Youth Justice Effective Practitioner Certifcate (YJEPC)
- Access to online learning materials
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.