BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation

Award BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation
UCAS Code L900
Locations Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury

3 Years (full-time) / 4 Years (with foundation year)

Next Start

16 September 2019 

Course Fees, per year 

£9,250 (UK/EU) / £13,500 (International)

  Further information on course fees

The University of Law has brought together a team of criminologists, barristers and staff with senior experience in the Metropolitan Police Force to deliver a new programme that considers the challenges of policing on a UK, European and global stage in the twenty-first century. The degree provides a sound preparation for a career in the police, immigration and private security sectors, and takes a broad view of criminal investigation including topics such as criminal and witness psychology, transnational organised crime and intelligence, and security studies. The BSc has a practical focus with employability integrated into the course.

Moving forward, following a Government decision, from 2020, aspiring police officers in England and Wales must undergo more in-depth training and have a degree-level qualification. ULaw is currently in the process of developing a pre-join Degree and this may lead to changes to the current programme.

With Foundation Year

Locations Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury

UCAS Code L901

The first year is a Foundation year, which focuses on developing an understanding of the legal sector and the key skills required to undertake the BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation degree. The subsequent three years then follow our full-time course.

Course Content

  Optional Foundation Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Set Modules

Introduction to Legal Personnel and Principles

Academic and Report Writing


Introduction to Marketing

Public/Private Law

Citizenship and the Law

Skilled Interpersonal Communication

Crime and Society

Policing, Governance and Regulation

Applied Criminal Law

Victims, Crime and Justice

Social Psychology and Crime

Investigative and Criminal Psychology

Investigative Interview and Witness Psychology

Criminal Evidence and Procedure

Crime, Science and Criminalistics

Domestic, Serious and Major Crime

Transnational Organised Crime

Dissertation (double module)

Optional Modules None  

Choose two options:

Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation

Intelligence and Security Studies

Punishment and Society

Choose two options:

International War Crimes and Human Rights Investigations

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)

Youth Crime, Justice and Society

Course Structure

Each year is made up of two semesters consisting of 12 teaching weeks and one week consolidation/revision and two weeks to complete assessments. You will study a total of 18 modules over the three years of the course.

  • Year 1: 31 study weeks including a one-week induction
  • Year 2: 30 study weeks
  • Year 3: 30 study weeks

Course Dates

BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation - 3 years 

BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation - 4 years


Assessments are spread out throughout the duration of the course, rather than having lots of exams at the end of the year. This means at the end of each semester, you have a revision/consolidation week followed by two weeks for assessment in each module.

Method of assessment

Throughout the course you are assessed by a variety of different assessment methods to enable you to demonstrate the development of your knowledge and skills throughout the programme. The methods of assessment include:

Examinations & two hours, ten multiple choice questions and a choice of two from six long form questions.

Coursework & essay, project report or portfolio.

Oral presentation.

The range of assessment methods reflects the practical nature of the programme and aligns the assessment with the learning outcomes of the programme. A mock assessment is included.

Your degree classification

You must pass each module to be awarded your degree. The pass mark for each subject is 40%.

In calculating the overall average, for purposes of deciding the degree classification, the assessments are weighted as below.


Weighted average Degree classification
70% and above 1
60-69% 2.1
50-59% 2.2
40-49% 3

Course Fees

UK/EU Course Fee per year


International course fees per year


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