Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2021 entry)

UCAS code

L440

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Course description

“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.

Hands-on learning

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.

Extra qualifications

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.  

Expert teaching 

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.

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4CJ525

Study Skills and Criminological Research

This module is designed to enable learners to adapt to the Higher Education learning environment by the development of a more independent, research-based, reflective and self-managed approach to study, learning and time management. It seeks to raise the student’s awareness of his or her own skills, attributes and competencies that are relevant to university, research and work life. Students can then appraise when and how to utilise these in a range of contexts and for diverse purposes. In this sense, this module prepares students to consider their journey through university, career and research pathways as well as having opportunities to demonstrate and reflect upon their use of their core skills, attributes and competencies.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ526

The Criminal Justice System

This module examines responses to crime within the context of a range of issues associated with criminal justice agencies and institutions. The criminal justice process embodies the manner in which the state responds to behaviour which it labels as ‘criminal’. Justice is delivered via a series of stages which include detection, arrest, charge, trial, sentence and punishment and/or rehabilitation. We critically explore the processes which led to the formation of criminal justice institutions and policies and consider the role of government, governance and political power in shaping these institutions and policies.

We also explain, analyse and evaluate the mechanisms and functions of criminal justice institutions, notably policing, prosecution, sentencing, and rehabilitative and penal agencies and institutions. We consider a range of historical and contemporary issues associated with the development and nature of contemporary policing, imprisonment, and probation. The module also analyses community and penal sentences from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The module further considers the impact of social inequalities and socioeconomic status on the wider criminal justice process. Issues of gender, race and ethnicity, and class are integral to this.

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20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 4CJ527

Undertaking Criminological Research

The module is designed to introduce students to a range of quantitative criminological research methods, and assist them in beginning to develop the ability to apply critical analysis to criminological research and criminal justice policy. The module provides students with an introduction to criminological research methods, covering basic quantitative approaches to researching crime and justice. The module will introduce students to key data sources used in criminological and develop an understanding of the various ways in which criminological research can influence how we perceive the problem of crime, respond to it and how it can impact upon the development of policy. Students will be provided with the opportunity to work with data (input, analyse and interpret) through the use of SPSS.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ536

Introduction to Policing and Investigations

All practitioners and professionals working within policing and investigatory agencies have a statutory responsibility to operate within a transparent and accountable framework, regulated by standards and legal requirements which are routinely inspected to verify the level of commitment to diversity issues. Therefore, this is a module specially designed for those who wish to study policing and Investigations. Students will gain an understanding of policing, and the role of an Investigator, in addition to theoretical studies that will ensure they gain valuable insight and awareness of the powers and laws that are utilised by such practitioners. It provides students with an opportunity to explore and be critical of contemporary policing and Investigatory issues in England and Wales. By addressing such issues as ethics, legitimacy and discretion, students will analyse the role of the police and investigator, both in a social context and within the wider criminal justice system.

Students will consider the wider implications that police and investigatory action, or indeed the lack of it; may have upon various communities and individuals.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ547

Contemporary Issues in Policing and Investigations

This module provides students with an opportunity to explore policing and investigative issues to gain an understanding and valuable insight of the powers and laws that are utilised by the police and investigators throughout England and Wales. By addressing such issues as ethics and policing, legitimacy and discretion, students will analyse the role of the police, and investigative practices both in a social context and within the wider criminal justice system. Students will consider the wider implications that police action, or indeed the lack of it; may have upon various communities and individuals
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4CJ548

Introduction to Policing

The Introduction to Policing module covers a wide variety of police-related subjects and many specialisms within the police service. You will be required to study a variety of policing methods and the module will cover the historical background to policing, legislation and Police powers and procedures required to ensure that you have the knowledge and understanding to support further policing studies within investigation or Policing practice. You will also be introduced to criminological theory, looking at Durkheim, Chicago school and Felson. The Professional Policing Practice degree, the Policing degree and the Policing Investigations degree all utilise the knowledge gained within this introductory module to build on and adapt to the students chosen pathway.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5CJ547

Real World Criminology

This module aims to blend together research and employability attribute and skills to enable students complete a real world criminology project. Students will conduct an applied criminology research project, which may be undertaken in a field work context and/or in the context of a work placement. However, students will be required to prepare contingency plans for alternative research in the event of access problems. The project will offer the opportunity to engage in critical analysis of data, as well as providing reflexive insights into the experience of applied criminology research. The combination of academic and real world experience will assist students to test their career goals and to position themselves in a competitive market for employment and postgraduate opportunities.

Students will identify appropriate strategies to overcome barriers to finding a suitable research field work and/or work placement. Students will be encouraged to develop the resilience necessary to deal with problems and obstacles frequently encountered when conducting real-world research.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ548

Social Research Methods

This module is comprised of three elements: firstly providing students with the opportunity to consider the merits of qualitative research approaches; secondly, developing qualitative practice based skills through the use of handling, analysing qualitative data and interpreting it; thirdly, designing a small scale research project after considering the suitability of a range of research methodologies. In addition to exposing students to qualitative research approaches, the module aims to develop students’ academic skills, including: conducting literature reviews; applying relevant theory; designing and planning small scale research projects; selecting appropriate methods for data collection and analysis; addressing and seeking to minimise ethical and quality issues; reflection upon the process and experience of designing an applied criminology research project.

In this element of the module, the emphasis is on students taking responsibility themselves for networking and negotiating with stakeholders (internal and external to the university) suitable fieldwork or work placement access (for the second semester) in order to conduct their applied criminology research projects. Students are encouraged to focus on significant opportunities and identifying appropriate strategies to overcome barriers to finding a suitable research fieldwork and/or work placement. Students must also prepare for the realities of conducting field-work by identifying a suitable fall-back option in case access problems are encountered.

Students will be afforded the opportunity to work with qualitative data through the completion of a series of skills-based tasks using NVIVO or related software packages.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ556

Investigation and Loss Prevention

This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to criminal investigation and loss prevention, providing a logical framework for understanding the investigative process. From the range of case studies utilised in this module, there will be an examination of the integration of theoretical approaches to issues in the evidence gathering process. It will provide opportunities for students to explore criminological and psychological explanations of contemporary issues for loss prevention and internal/external threats to investigatory agencies.

Students are encouraged to undertake appropriate work-based learning within this module with relevant investigative agencies or within loss prevention, which will allow students to engage with legislative developments and regulatory changes so as to consider the potential impact of legal change on investigative methods. This, in turn, provides the opportunity to have a better understanding of the underlying principles involved in effective investigation.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CJ557

Introduction to Investigative Interviewing

Investigative interviewing is a core skill for a policing officer or investigator. Effective interviewing of victims, witnesses, and suspects is central to the success of an investigation and the highest standards need to be upheld. This module is designed to provide opportunities for students to start to develop the knowledge and skills required to become an interviewer. Effective interviews that are conducted professionally with quality assured can direct an investigation and gather material, leading to prosecution or the early release of an innocent person. Effective interviewers can increase public confidence in the police service, investigatory agencies and loss prevention, particularly with victims of crime and witnesses who come into direct contact with investigators.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5CR500

Themes in Criminal Psychology

The module focuses on psychological theories of crime and criminal etiology. The module will cover an exploration, via case studies, of questions raised by the presence of crime and 'the criminal' in society. There will be a critical evaluation of the differing international approaches to offender profiling including an overview of contemporary developments of profiling as a ‘science’, a review of the findings from work in this area, applications and implications and an evaluation of how effective offender profiling is in practice. An investigation will take place into issues relating to the psychology of police investigations, including, but not limited to, police interviewing and eyewitness testimonies.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5CR506

Victimology

Victims of crime attract unprecedented academic interest, both as a subject of psychological enquiry, and as a focus of criminal justice policy. Since the 1960s, victimisation surveys have aimed to quantify the unreported ‘dark figure’ of crime and have thus helped to build interest in this area. The need to protect the rights of victims has become increasingly important in terms of public opinion and judicial practice. This has given rise to revisions in sentencing and the advent of restorative justice. The rights of victims are now viewed as an integral part of criminal justice.

Whilst societal views and criminal justice responses have impacted upon victims and their status, it is of importance to understand the physical, social, psychological and emotional effects they might face in context of the primary offence. Therefore, both societal and psychological effects will therefore be explored within this module.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6CJ501

Cybercrime

This module examines cybercrime as one of the fastest-growing criminal activities and explores the transformation of criminal activity in the information age. The module will examine issues such as: the automation of offender victim engagement; policing online deviance; practical, ethical and legal issues for the detection, investigation and prosecution of cybercrime; the global nature of many cybercrimes; the relevance and applicability of existing criminological theory to a range of cybercrimes; predicting future challenges of cybercrimes for individuals, the criminal justice system and society as a whole.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ503

Hate, Ethnicity and Crime

The social, cultural, political and religious landscapes of Britain have changed dramatically over the last fifteen years. The terrorist attacks in New York and London, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, responses to asylum and immigration, the rise of far-right politics and new criminal justice legislation have all had an impact on issues of hate, ethnicity and crime. Conceptualising and accurately defining hate crime is no easy task, considering the plethora of ambiguities that arise from social norms and accepted notions of difference, identity and group belonging. Hall (2005) argued that crimes perpetrated because of a person’s ethnicity are predominately based on prejudice.

This module, therefore, will first seek to define prejudice and stereotyping and then move to discuss processes of discrimination, intolerance, hate crimes and violent acts. The origins and historical context of hate crimes will be analysed, as will the confusion/resentment which may be driven by social and cultural change.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ510

Youth Justice

This module brings together the current state of theory, practice and evidence to give you the knowledge, confidence and knowledge base and transferable skills around working with young people at risk of offending. It will also give you the framework to assess new ideas and evidence arising in the future. The module is taught in three blocks; block one introduces you to the youth justice system operating in England and Wales providing you with a historical perspective on how the system has evolved over time and how it compares with systems in other countries. You are encouraged to reflect on political and social attitudes to young people and their impact on responses to youth crime. The second element focuses on theories of youth offending and provides you with an opportunity to consider the question, ‘why do young people commit crimes?’.

You will develop your understanding of the theoretical perspectives introduced at Level 4 that have emerged in an attempt to explain youth crime and will have the opportunity to apply these theories to the case studies of five young people that will be introduced to you during this module. The final block looks at current practice in youth justice and how the ‘what works’ movement has developed, you will also consider some of the frameworks that have been developed for judging the quality and reliability of research and the challenges this raises.

You can undertake this module alongside the sister module - Working with Young Offenders in the Spring Semester - to build towards the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate, an industry recognised practitioner-based certificate, awarded by UNITAS and endorsed by Skills for Justice. Since it was introduced in 2012 the YJEPC has been used by over half of Youth Offending Teams to enhance their members’ skills and knowledge. It is also used by the secure estate, individuals seeking to advance a career in youth justice and volunteers looking to widen their knowledge.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ535

Criminology: Theory and Practice

This module represents an opportunity for the student to apply the knowledge and understanding gained from the taught modules within the Criminology programme of study to a specific research problem of their choice. As producers and researchers of knowledge, students will have the opportunity to apply their initiative, creative and problem based thinking to a specific topic they wish to investigate further, drawing upon the research skills which have been developed over the three years of their study here. Criminology: Theory and Practice is a through credit module running across both semesters and while the emphasis of this is around independent study and organisational skills, students will be supported in this process by a supervisor with an interest in their area to help them develop questions and execute proposals over the set time frame. Both primary and secondary research projects can be conducted within this context.

Students will be able to choose between a research project based on an independent research question or a project based on their reflections related to a research question linked to their work experience (paid or voluntary).

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ536

International Criminology

In the eighteenth century, classical criminologists delivered seminal comparative analyses, contrasting their own national justice systems with those of other nations. However, as a specific academic field, the study of comparative, cross-cultural crime and crime control is less than four decades old. This module systematically explores and analyses theoretically-informed comparisons of crime and crime control. We range across national boundaries to question exactly how justice and penal systems differ, and why. The module includes consideration of aspects of the systems in China, Japan, Scandinavia, Europe, and Russia, and reflects on both the commonalities and discontinuities between nations. A key focus for the module is the discourse on criminological theory, policy and practice in the USA.

This module also introduces students to transnational organised and corporate crime, and questions how global and local economic, political, and social conditions combine to promote transnational crime.

The module engages with a range of empirical questions, and is underpinned by an appreciation of the consistencies, contradictions and conflicts inherent in the functioning of international criminal and community justice and penology. A range of ethical dilemmas are expressed. Considerations of gender, race, ethnicity and class constitute key aspects of the module’s conceptual framework.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ537

Investigation of Crime

Over recent years, a number of high profile miscarriages of justice have arisen as a result of defects in the investigative process. This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to criminal investigation and a logical framework for understanding the investigative process. From the range of case studies utilised in this module, there will be an examination of the integration of historical, empirical and theoretical approaches to issues in the evidence gathering and criminal justice processes. This module analyses the interview and questioning process, with a view to understanding behaviours and dynamics within the “interview room”. There will also be an examination of the range of factors that can affect eyewitness testimony from adult and child witnesses; including discussion of current approaches to increasing accuracy and completeness of such testimony.

The module also addresses factors that may trigger false confessions and examines the feasibility of detecting deception through of range of suggested verbal and physical clues. Further topics will include examination of the decision-making processes within investigations.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ538

Crime, Media and Culture

Since the beginning of cinema, crime has been a mainstay of modern media: The Australian film, The Ned Kelly Gang (1906) is commemorated in the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World Register’ as the oldest surviving feature film. Even before then, pamphlets and chapbooks recounting the exploits of notorious criminals circulated as popular forms of entertainment. The 21st Century has seen no lessening of the representation of crimes, criminality and deviance in the mass media. Film and television rely on tropes of criminal families, extremes of criminal behaviour, policing and crime detection for a range of entertainment products; news on all media repeatedly feature crime stories whilst video games place players in the roles of both law enforcers and perpetrators of crime. In all of these instances the texts rehearse and confirm boundaries of legally sanctioned behaviours and, simultaneously, the pleasures of transgression.

They also serve to define and reproduce stereotypes and preconceived notions of criminals, their victims, enforcers and the locations of crime. This module thus serves to explore the tension between the representation of crime and the impact of these representations on wider culture and society.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ539

Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Abuse

This module explores the sexual violence, exploitation and abuse of women, children and men. In particular, it focuses upon the impact on victims and the responses of voluntary and state services. It starts by unpacking what is meant by ‘sexual violence’, analysing social attitudes, myths, moral panics and the impact on contemporary society. Here, the focus is on sexual politics, the control of sexual behaviours and philosophical approaches to sex and sexuality. Secondly, the module considers violence against women, men and children with an emphasis on policy and practice, considering the role of practitioners in supporting victims of sexual crimes. There will be an exploration of the responses of the criminal justice system, including changing policy and practice and competing theories on supporting victims of sexual violence. As a result, this module provides both a broad theoretical framework and applied knowledge for those students seeking to work with victims of sexual violence.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ540

Substance Misuse

The misuse/use of illegal and legal drugs is of growing concern across many areas of health and social care provision. The trade in illicit drugs is a global issue, crossing international boundaries, and creating threats to public health and political stability in many countries. The use of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco has been recognised as contributing toward a significant expenditure in the NHS. In addition to the impact of substance use/misuse to the UK as a whole, it is also important to consider the potential impact on the individual user and their close social networks. This module aims to provide you with an overview of the substances used in contemporary society, their effects on the individual and impact on public health. Social policy, linked to drug use, will be considered at a national and international level acknowledging substance use/misuse as a global issue. The treatment options available in the UK will also be considered within the module.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ542

Working with Young Offenders

This module provides you with the practical skills as well as the theoretical underpinning, to work with young people at risk of offending. It will give you the knowledge that you need to make informed decisions about the interventions which offer the best prospect of success in a particular case. It will also guide ways of implementing interventions that will engage and involve young people. You will consider the structural cycle of interventions and the key components of assessment, planning and review.

You will also evaluate safeguarding issues and the diversity of young people in determining the most appropriate interventions. The significance of building and sustaining relationships with young people at all stages of the cycle in order to promote positive outcomes will be explored and you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of communication strategies by young offenders. Finally, the role that desistance can play in ensuring continued change will be considered through transition planning. This module can be taken alongside the sister module – Youth Justice in the Autumn Semester to build towards the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate, an industry recognised practitioner based certificate, awarded by UNITAS and endorsed by Skills for Justice.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ542

Working with Young Offenders

This module provides you with the practical skills as well as the theoretical underpinning to work with young people at risk of offending. It will give you the knowledge that you need to make informed decisions about the interventions which offer the best prospect of success in a particular case. It will also guide you to ways of implementing interventions that will engage and involve young people and hence has an applied element. The module is taught in two blocks, with an optional third if you wish to undertake the Certificate. In the first block you will consider the structural cycle of interventions and the key components of assessment, planning and review. You are encouraged to explore different approaches to assessment and consider the importance of linking assessments to intervention planning.

You will also evaluate safeguarding issues and the diversity of young people in determining the most appropriate interventions. Having looked at the cycle of intervention, block two explores the significance of building and sustaining relationships with young people at all stages of the cycle in order to promote positive outcomes. You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of communication strategies by young offenders as well as enhance your own applied skills with a practical focus.

You can undertake this module alongside the sister module - Youth Justice - in the Autumn Semester to build towards the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate, an industry recognised practitioner based certificate, awarded by UNITAS and endorsed by Skills for Justice. Since it was introduced in 2012 the YJEPC has been used by over half of the Youth Offending Teams to enhance their members’ skills and knowledge. It is also used by the secure estate, individuals seeking to advance a career in youth justice and volunteers looking to widen their knowledge.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ546

Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies and Investigation

Accounts of murder are commonplace in today’s world. Whilst they fixate both public and media attention, beyond the simplicity of newspaper headlines the offence of murder often involves complex underlying dynamics, psychological pathologies, detailed investigative procedures, and a legal framework for sentencing and punishment. In this module, students travel the chronology of murder, from the development of a killer’s psychology through to the commission of the offence(s), their investigation, and then sentencing. Students will see, from crime scene to trial, the complex tasks of both understanding, and investigating, murderers and their crimes.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ548

Advanced Investigative Interviewing

Investigative interviewing is a core skill for a policing officer or investigator. This module is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills required to become an advanced communicator and interviewer. Without the accounts of those who played a central role in the crime, or those who have witnessed an important aspect of the commission of a crime, other sources of material such as CCTV images, fingerprints and forensic material, although extremely important, may have little value. Therefore, this module will explore psychological theories underpinning communication and linguistics to ensure students gain effective investigatory interviewing knowledge and skills.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ551

Crime Scene Investigation for Policing

Introduction to the fundamental concepts, techniques and processes used in the examination, documentation and analysis of the crime scene and specialist examinations. Basic understanding of the key roles of non-police personnel and specialists present at the crime scene. Practical experience of examination, documentation and retrieval methods from mock crime scene scenarios.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ552

Forensic Perspectives

Introduction to the scientific approaches employed by forensic scientists when analysis a range of different evidence types. Exploration of the evidence type in terms of the range, the scientific basis and evidential value of its analysis. An insight to the forensic perspective on evidential items commonly encountered in crime scenes by police officers and CSI.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6CR501

Psychopathy

The focus of this module is to acquire in-depth knowledge and develop a critical evaluation of central issues within the psychopathy research field. Through scheduled lectures and seminars the students will gain an understanding of, and learn how to critically evaluate, the psychopathy construct, how to measure psychopathic traits, etiology (“nature versus nurture”), the relationship between psychopathic traits and criminality, and criminal justice interventions. Furthermore, the role of psychopathy in the broader criminal justice system will be discussed Please note that this module will concentrate on psychopathy as an academic research field.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CR502

Offenders with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities

The general public, rightly or wrongly, often view offenders with mental and intellectual disabilities as dangerous individuals, whose unpredictable behaviour provokes fear. But what is a mental and intellectual disability in the context of an offending behaviour? Do mental and/or intellectual disabilities cause offending? Can offending exacerbate underlying mental and /or intellectual disabilities? How should the mental health care and criminal justice systems respond to crime?

This module aims to answer these questions by critically analysing the relationship between mental and intellectual disabilities and offending behaviours, as well as critically examining how societal change, legislation, and government policy have impacted on the treatment or imprisonment of offenders with mental and intellectual disabilities. The provisions of the Mental Health Act 2007 will be considered in the context of public safety.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA548

Domestic Abuse

Students will explore the definitions of domestic violence (DV) used by the various agencies involved in this area before analysing the nature and prevalence of DV and identifying the victims and perpetrators. The legal and medical responses to victims and perpetrators will also be examined and will be further evaluated by taking a psychological approach to the dynamics of abuse.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA549

Miscarriages of Justice

This module enables you to work in an applied manner with reference to cases of miscarriages of justice (MOJ). You will be working in groups throughout your final year on past and present cases with a view to identifying the causes of MOJ.

The first part of the module takes a more traditional and theoretical approach to the subject area which is, subsequently applied during the second half of the year using live cases. The rationale for this module is to identify common themes and causes of MOJ and to make recommendations for best practice and thus prevent and minimise the number of cases going to appeal.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

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.

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How you will learn

How you are assessed

Assessment is via a range of methods including:

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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Who will teach you

Angie Neville at our One Friar Gate Square site.

Angie Neville
Programme leader

Senior Lecturer in Policing and Investigations.

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Entry requirements

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

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.

Further study

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.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

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

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.

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