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Criminology, Policing and Investigation (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Birmingham, United Kingdom
Criminology, Policing and Investigation (Hons) degree at Birmingham City University offers an in-depth study of policing and investigation, helping you develop knowledge and understanding of the core schools of criminological thought, their historical and political foundations and practical application.
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The course's professional relevance is supported by its close links with local and national criminal justice agencies, such as Midland police forces and community safety partnerships.

Criminology, Policing and Investigation (Hons) course at Birmingham City University is delivered by expert staff in the fields of policing, security studies and criminology, and you will enjoy regular guest lectures from highly influential voices in the discipline. 

Specialist facilities include realistic, simulated environments such as two mock courtrooms (Magistrates’ and Crown) and an interviewing suite to simulate police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.

You will benefit from well-established links with a variety of external bodies, including police forces, charities, pressure groups, criminal justice agencies, criminal rehabilitation probation service and prisons.

Why Choose Us?

  • The course offers a unique opportunity to explore the history and development of policing in England and Wales. This provides a broad context which students can use to understand the difficulties faced by constabularies today.
  • The course’s professional relevance is supported by our close links with local criminal justice agencies, including West Midlands Police and Birmingham Community Safety Partnership.
  • You’ll get the opportunity to benefit from the focus on employability; you’ll be actively encouraged to take part in debates and visits such as the unique debate with high-security prisoners at HMP Grendon, along with the option of taking on voluntary work in your final year.
  • School of Social Sciences’ research in prisons has helped rehabilitate prisoners, improving their employability and reducing reoffending.
  • The School’s research is also leading the way on how we understand and respond to diverse offenders and prisoners.
  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on hate crime and national security in the UK.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

       Sandwich (4 Years)

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • On Crimes and Punishment: An Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Doing Criminological Research
  • Crime in its Historical and Political Context
  • Security Studies: The Essentials
  • Policing, Investigation and Society
  • Social Construction of Crime and Deviance
  • History of Policing in England and Wales
  • Contemporary Policing in England and Wales
  • Advanced Criminological Research
  • Applied Investigative Techniques
  • Optional Modules
  • The Ethics of Investigation
  • Lie to Me; Essential Criminal Justice Interviewing Skills
  • Policing Priorities
  • Dissertation / Live Project / Placement
  • Optional Modules

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels.

GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12800 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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