Criminal Investigation and Policing Studies BA (Hons)

Develop the knowledge and experience to become a professional practitioner in the public or private policing sector. Explore the criminal justice system, its legislative context, as well as the leadership and management of contemporary issues in policing.

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The Criminal Investigation and Policing Studies degree enables you to become a professional and reflective practitioner in the public or private policing sector. It is a course designed for those who wish to study policing or criminal investigation, but do not necessarily want to join the police service.

Taught by policing and criminology academics with substantial experience of criminal practice, in the first year of the course you will learn how to research in the crime and justice sector, gain an understanding of the criminal justice system and be given an introduction to criminology and the profession of policing.

Key features

  • 100% of our Criminal Investigation and Policing Studies graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17 report (above the sector average of 94.6%).*
  • Taught by a team of practice-based policing and criminology academics and researchers, who will support you to broaden your understanding of the sector, keeping you up to date with contemporary issues and debates.
  • You will study a range of topics including introduction to criminology, the history of policing, leadership and management of contemporary issues in policing and multi-agency working.
  • Take advantage of placement opportunities with a local investigatory agency offered through our DMU Works careers programme.
  • Recent students have landed roles at local authority Trading Standards, the Leicestershire Police investigations teams and the Independent Police Complaints Authority.
  • Gain international experience through our DMU Global programme. Recent opportunities have seen Criminal investigation and Policing students spend time in New York discussing differences and similarities between policing in the US and the UK.

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 5LN3

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2020

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK. You may also have to attend Inter-Professional Education (IPE) sessions and community experiences that are not necessarily based at the university. 

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

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Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 5LN3

Duration: Three years full-time 

Start date: September 2020

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK. You may also have to attend Inter-Professional Education (IPE) sessions and community experiences that are not necessarily based at the university.

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or English Literature

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 104 points for the BA (Hons) from at least two A levels


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

International Baccalaureate

  • 24+ points

Access to HE Diploma 

  • Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

We may still consider applicants that do not meet the GCSE requirements providing they can demonstrate ability or attainment in these subjects in an alternative way; usually through work experience, alternative qualifications or by a University admissions test or interview. All such applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Interview required: No

Work experience required: No

  • Applications from mature students for this programme are welcome and candidates with relevant work experience and other qualifications, which do not necessarily amount to the minimum entry requirements for the programme will be considered on a case by case basis. Requirements for these students would include an interview and the consideration of the candidate’s CVs by the programme leader. Alongside this, the student would also be required to submit a piece of work to indicate the their abilities to write and engage at an appropriate level. A diagnostic test would be given with regards to Level 2 Functional Skills.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours



First Year

  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • The Criminal Justice System and its Legislative Context 
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • The Profession of Policing

Second Year

  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (I)
  • Researching for Effective Practice
  • Elective Modules 
  • Investigative Management - Investigative Management and Leadership (I)


Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Multi-Agency Working
  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (II) 
  • Investigative Management – Investigative Management and Leadership (II)


A variety of teaching methods, include:

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Seminars
  • Desk-top exercises
  • Workshops
  • E-learning
  • Specialist guest lectures from practitioners
  • Visits to practitioners in action

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Phase Tests
  • Presentations
  • Posters
  • Case-study critiques
  • Desk-top, simulated exercises
  • Policy books
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation

All of which will be developed as you progress through the course.

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, typical teaching time is approximately 9 hours each week. In addition, you will also be expected to achieve approximately 20 hours of self-directed study.

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 9 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Medium group teaching: approx. 1 hour of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 8 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

In addition, you will attend in the region of approx. 8 hours of Inter-Professional Education (IPE) each academic year.

In the second year you may also have the opportunity (subject to availability) to complete an 80 hour community placement.

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Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom. 

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites. 

Our state-of-the-art laboratories allow you to gain experience in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from academics and technicians to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability. As well as laboratories that are designed to replicate current practice, they are equipped with industry-standard apparatus so that you are able to leave University work-ready.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

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Additional costs

It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.

Opportunities and careers

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During your studies you may have the opportunity to undertake a placement year, which will be spread throughout your second year. This has seen previous students work at the IOPC, Trading Standards Institute as well as Leicestershire Police Investigations. 

These learning experiences will enhance your real-world insight and understanding informing your dissertation in your final year.

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Graduate Careers

Graduates from this programme will have opportunities for employment within public and private law and regulatory enforcement fields. Opportunities also exist within a number of other agencies and related fields including;

  • Youth justice
  • Community safety and crime prevention
  • Domestic violence and victim support
  • Prisons and probation
  • Drug and alcohol services




International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.


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