We’ve ranked Top 15 in the UK for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2022). Why Policing and Investigation? The growth in policing and investigation as an area of criminal justice work is now broader than just the police service. This course offers you the opportunity to critically explore and assess the nature and use of policing and investigatory work in a variety of social contexts. You’ll be supported to gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to prepare for a future career working in organisations who engage with and in policing activities, including but not limited to local, national and international policing organisations, local councils, private and voluntary sector organisations. Please note, some of these careers will require further education or training.* *This course is not accredited through the College of Policing and is not a ‘pre-join degree’ programme allowing direct entry into the police. It does prepare you well for one of the level 6 ‘top-up’ direct entry degrees that can be undertaken if you have already been awarded a degree and meet police entry requirements. If you're interested in one of the entry routes into policing, please visit the College of Policing website - https://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/Learning/Policing-Education-Qualifications-Framework/Entry-routes-for-police-constables/Pages/Entry-routes-for-police-constables.aspx This course provides the opportunity for you to:
- Critically study the range of formal and informal responses to the prevention, detection and investigation of criminal and anti-social behaviours.
- Explore the different ways of understanding the work of the police and other policing and investigative agencies nationally, cross-nationally and internationally, as well as comparatively with other models of policing.
- Consider the nature and function of policing, crime prevention and investigative work within the context of social control and order, and the relationship of such work to the state and to the general public.
- Understand theories of criminal behaviour, strategies and theories of policing, preventing and investigating crime, accountability and legitimacy, evidence-based research and crime data analysis that can inform policing and the conduct of investigations.
- Investigate key areas of particular challenge such as risk, security and terrorism, serious crime, international and borderless crime.
- Explore methods of research crime and policing issues, and the application of research evidence to policing and investigation strategies, policy and practice.
Year 1 Exploring the Social Sciences Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice Introduction to Policing and Investigation Myths and Realities of Crime Year 2 Approaches to Policing Doing Research in Crime, Policing and Justice Evidence-based Policing and Crime Analysis Exploring Work and Careers Reducing Crime Option modules. Choose one from a list which may include: Organised and International Crime Violent Crime Year 3 Contemporary and Comparative Criminology Contemporary Policing Challenges Final Year Project for the Social Sciences Serious Crime Investigation Option modules. Choose one from a list which may include: Race; Ethnicity and Difference Substance Misuse and Crime Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
Assessment will include coursework, presentations, research, work-based learning and examinations. The nature of the assessment varies from module to module, and mirrors the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field, for example, report writing, presentations and essays. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying. You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course - https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/how-to-apply/apl/ We are keen to support a wide and diverse range of applicants on to our courses. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
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English language requirements
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/pre-sessional-english/).
Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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