• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Want to learn more about how policing and investigations work? This distinctive Policing and Investigations (Hons) degree offered at University of Derby is a combination of the theory, policy and practice of policing and investigations, criminology and criminal justice, equipping you with the advanced skills to pursue a career in the broader criminal justice system.

This course provide you with a solid introduction to criminal investigation and a logical framework for understanding the investigative process. Drawing on a fascinating variety of case studies, you will explore a range of historical, empirical and theoretical approaches to key issues in evidence gathering and criminal justice.

For those students wishing to pursue a career in investigation, our links with prominent employers, such as NEXT PLC, Derbyshire Constabulary, Nottinghamshire Police, Rolls Royce and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) gives you a unique opportunity to gain vital investigative work experience throughout your studies that will add substance to your CV and increase your employability in the competitive graduate job market.

Working in industry with employers’ means you can experience working in 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.

Alongside the academic theory, you will benefit from practical experience of investigative processes, using the University’s first-rate facilities such as a crime scene house and courtrooms.

There may also be the opportunity to go on visits to settings such as police stations, police custody suites, victim support facilities, courts and various voluntary organisations working within the criminal justice sphere.


The transferable skills you will develop during this course in loss prevention, investigatory practice and investigative interviewing are essential requirements for many employers in the policing family and wider arena of civilian investigators. You may pursue a career within the broader criminal justice system; civilian investigation, retail investigation, Business crime investigation, crime reduction partnerships, security and loss prevention.

This degree has also been designed in close partnership with constabularies, an excellent stepping stone if you want to pursue a career in policing once you have graduated.

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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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Typical entry requirements:

  • UCAS points - 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)

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

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 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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  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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