Policing is a subject that does not take place in a vacuum, indeed it is a subject that arouses great debate given that the police are such a powerful social institution, routinely engaging with diverse communities and social groups. It is this very public aspect of policing that provides the ongoing context for study and makes for heated and lively debate.
The course moves beyond taken for granted definitions and ideas, and critically evaluates claims to knowledge. This programme has a particular focus on forensic psychology within the context of policing, allowing you to explore the complex relationships between law enforcement, the perpetrators, victims and practitioners involved in the criminal justice and penal systems. The programme's BPS accreditation is pivotal for those wishing to enter the field of forensic psychology and related careers.
You are strongly encouraged to become a Special Police Constable, a police volunteer or to volunteer in some other way within the criminal justice field for the duration of your studies on the Policing Studies degree programmes. We will assist and support you to identify such opportunities and in making applications for such roles.