36 months
6935 GBP/year
5500 GBP/year
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Are you interested in pursuing a career in policing and criminal investigation? Arden University’s BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation uses cutting-edge technology to immerse you in the entire investigative process, giving you real-world insight into this rewarding sector.

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This course has been designed to take you on a fully immersive journey through the entire investigative process from start to completion. The course takes a modern, digital-first approach to your studies, helping you gain a valuable look into real-life criminal investigations. 

You’ll gain insight into the natural progress of criminal investigations, the interlinked areas of policing and forensics, and the roles of the various personnel involved. Not only is the course led by skilled academics with a wealth of experience in their respective fields, but you’ll also be able to attend webinars and hear from guest speakers who will provide you with real-world insight into modern policing and criminal investigation. Using our integrated virtual crime world, you’ll have the chance to put your learning to practice and place yourself in some of the scenarios you might face in your future career. You’ll be able to take on a range of different roles to navigate crime scenes, the police custody suite, the major incident room, police cells, the courtroom, and the forensics lab. This will help you develop real knowledge of the investigative process and practical skills for future work in the field.

This course shares the same level 4 modules as our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminal Investigation. After completing the first year of your course, you’ll have the option to switch over to this pathway if it better suits your interests and career goals.

Why study this programme

  • Learn the ins and outs of real-world policing and criminal investigations using our unique virtual crime world.
  • Become equipped with the practical skills to fill industry gaps in this rewarding field.
  • Adapt the course to your areas of interest through the use of elective modules.
  • The flexible nature of the course means you can easily fit your studies around your other life commitments.
  • You’ll have 24/7 access to your online learning materials, student support, careers portal, and more.
Career outlook

This degree in policing and criminal investigation will provide you with real insight into the field and practical skills you can apply to a range of exciting opportunities once you graduate. As well as the possibility of continuing on to further study at the master’s level, your degree will open doors in areas across the sector.

Programme Structure

Level 4 (20 credits each)

  • Introduction to Forensic Investigation 
  • Introduction to Criminal Investigation 
  • Police Custody 
  • Witnesses: An Introduction 
  • Criminal Investigation: Procedures and Practices 
  • Introduction to the Analysis and Application of Forensics

Level 5 core modules (20 credits each)

  • Leadership in Policing and Law Enforcement 
  • Police Procedures and Evidence 
  • Policing and Human Rights
  • Policing Concepts and Theories 
  • The Intelligence Services (elective)
  • Community Policing (elective)
  • Organised Crime (elective)

Level 6 (20 credits each)

  • Serial Killers 
  • Victimology 
  • Miscarriages of Justice 
  • Professional Practice: A Case Study
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Key information


    • Full-time
      • 36 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT



    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    English requirements

    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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    • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
    • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
    • Liability
    • Home contents and baggage
    • Accidents
    • Legal aid

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    Other requirements

    General requirements

    Passes at grade C or above in three subjects including mathematics at GCSE level or academic equivalent. 

    IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted. 

    If you are unable to evidence a GCSE or equivalent in mathematics you will be able to complete an assessment-free module during your first study block to substitute for this.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      6935 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 20805 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.
    • National

      5500 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 16500 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.

    £6,935 per level (UK), £5,500 per level (International)


    You can save £1,000 when you apply early! Please note that the Early Bird Offer cannot be used with top-up programmes or short courses, and cannot be combined with other offers. All you need to do is submit your application and secure your place within 7 days of receiving your offer letter and before Dec 12th, 2022.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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