University Centre Peterborough

BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation University Centre Peterborough Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Anglia Ruskin University


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Course summary

'Forensic Investigation' is the new name for 'Crime and Investigative Studies'.

Are you interested in crime, forensic science, and policing, but unsure which subject to study? If so, you will cover them all on our course. We combine the crime scene examination part of forensic science with other crime-related subjects, such as policing, and criminal justice.

We will help you to understand both the theoretical and practical aspects of forensic and criminal investigations. We will look at the impact of various crime types on victims and how the police deal with the investigation to bring about justice.

In the classroom, you will explore the investigative techniques used by police services, alongside contemporary issues including evidence based policing and crime prevention. You will also gain experience in dealing with a wide range of crime scenes, from burglaries to murders, including scenes of mass disaster and skeletal remains.

Learning about the criminal justice system in the UK, you will find out how your investigation of different crimes can have a significant impact, and how you would need to present your investigative findings within a court of law.

Our lecturers have first-hand experience of crime scene analysis, policing and criminal justice. As well as benefiting from their knowledge, you will have guest lectures from visiting professionals and get an understanding of the workplace through visits to places such as the Crown Court, and other field trips.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

Course details


You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

Introduction to Forensic Techniques (15 credits)
Academic Skills (15 credits)
Introduction to Criminal Justice (30 credits)
Introduction to Policing (15 credits)
Introduction to Fingerprint Techniques (15 credits)
Introduction to Body Fluids and DNA Techniques (15 credits)
Crime Scene Recording (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

Evidence Based Policing and Crime Prevention (15 credits)
Crime Scene Investigation (15 credits)
Major Crime Investigations (15 credits)
Cyber Crime Investigations (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Working in the Criminal Justice Sector (15 credits)
Police Investigations (30 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

Undergraduate Research Project (30 credits)
Advanced Crime Scene Techniques (30 credits)
Disaster Victim Identification (15 credits)
Emerging Investigative Practice (15 credits)
Forensic Anthropology and Pathology (30 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Assessment method

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
•50% Coursework
•20% Written Exams
•30% Practical Exams

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
•50% Coursework
•20% Written Exams
•30% Practical Exams

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
•45% Coursework
•10% Practical Exams
•45% Placement

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+ First
60-69% 2:1
50-59% 2:2
40-49% Third

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 5N28
Institution code P56
Campus name University Centre Peterborough
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

Unfortunately, UCP are unable to recruit International Students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points A level required;
No specific subject(s) needed. BTEC/Access required;
A BTEC National or a full Access Certificate not subject specific. GCSEs required;
5 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 5.5 in each element

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,000 Year 1
EU £8,000 Year 1
England £8,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,000 Year 1
Scotland £8,000 Year 1
Wales £8,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University Centre Peterborough
University Centre Peterborough
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Robbie Coles

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