• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Throughout, the Policing and Investigations (Hons) course from University of Derby 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.


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.

The 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Study Skills and Criminological Research
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing & Investigations
  • Investigation and Loss Prevention
  • Introduction to Investigative Interviewing
  • Victimology
  • Real World Criminology
  • Advanced Investigative Interviewing
  • Crime, Media and Culture 
  • Cybercrime 
  • Domestic Abuse 
  • Hate, Ethnicity and Crime 
  • Mentally Disordered Offenders 
  • Psychopathy 
  • Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Abuse 
  • Substance Misuse 
  • Working with Young Offenders

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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

  • UCAS points - 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE: GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Alternative entry qualifications:

  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14045 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14045 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 Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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