BSc (Hons) Criminology with Policing and Investigation


Course code LM49

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Course code LM49

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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With an increase in the demand for graduates within statutory criminal justice agencies such as the police, the National Crime Agency, the probation and prison services – there’s never been a better time to kick-start a career in the wider criminal justice sector.

Our unique course has been designed so you can fuse these two elements together, learning not just how and why crime is committed, but the policing and investigation of crime. 

Practical learning sessions are fundamental to our course, whether you’re learning about the nature and causes of crime, policing in society, criminal law and evidence, or police investigations, you’ll be doing it hands-on to apply your knowledge to real-life scenarios. And, we’ve got simulation facilities including a mock ‘crime house’ and realistically staged major incidents, so you get a firm grasp of the skills that employers require.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

  • We'll help you develop all the academic, research, analytical and problem-solving skills needed for modern investigations
  • Taught by academic tutors, some whom are former or current practising professionals, including crime scene investigators, forensic psychologists and police officers
  • Our tutors are involved in national and international research projects, which informs your learning
  • Small class sizes will see you get personal guidance and tutor support
  • Our close links with the Police, Solicitors Regulator Authority, the British Psychological Society, Law Society and a number of voluntary and commercial organisations provides you with great placement and job prospects
  • Volunteering opportunities, from the Special Constabulary to Youth Offending, to boost your CV and stand you out from the crowd
  • Flexible modules so you carve the course to suit your future career path
  • Possibility of part time study to fit in with other commitments or professional responsibilities
  • 9/10 of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE 2017)

From your base in Carlisle, you’ll be within 20 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site ­-  in the other, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

So, if you’re looking for a modern course that will enable you to grasp the skills employers are looking for, then this course is for you.

Course Study Options

We also offer this course with an integrated foundation year - follow the link for more information

Integrated Foundation Year

Graduate destinations

You'll gain a strong academic base that will help you meet the demands of statutory criminal justice agencies, including the police, HM Revenue and Customs, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the probation and prison services. Alternatively, you can take your skills to investigative careers in private enterprise and the third sector, such as with charities who work towards crime prevention and offender management.

Whatever you decide to do, the skills you learn will be highly valued in any job role, and ensure that employers will take an interest. You could also improve your qualification even further through postgraduate or vocational programmes.

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