Criminal Investigation (MSc)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
find out

Domestic course fees
GBP 710 per module

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14250 per total

All study options

About Criminal Investigation at University of Derby

  • Advance your investigative career in law enforcement, finance, health and safety, social services and many other sectors
  • Develop the skills you need to conduct serious and complex investigations from beginning to end
  • Study for a qualification which reflects the Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP) occupational standards
  • Choose two specialist options in areas such asfinancial and digital investigation and intelligence and sexual offences, or choose a specialist pathway in investigating domestic abuse or investigating child sexual exploitation offences
  • Learn from an influential team of researchers and practitioners who draw upon more than a century of professional experience in investigation

Innovative and stimulating, this course combines academic rigour and practical experience to nurture high-calibre, confident and forward-thinking investigation professionals.

A broad appeal

The MSc Criminal Investigation isdesigned to appeal to graduates from traditional academic backgrounds as well as serving investigation professionals.

We welcome applicants with substantial and relevant professional experience who may not have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

Meeting professional standards

Ensuring greater professionalism in investigation procedures is crucial to meet public expectations for effective and efficient policing and justice. Thisprogramme helps investigators to extend their skills while enabling the organisations that rely on investigations to enhance their performance.

The course has been introduced at a time when professionalisation in policing is a commonly agreed target of all police forces, the College of Policing and the National Crime Agency. In developing this programme, we have aligned it to initiatives such as the Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP), which is jointly sponsored by the National Police Chiefs' Council and the College of Policing.

Gain practical experience

You will build the skills you need to conduct serious and complex investigations from the start to the end of a case. This includes gathering initial information from wide-ranging sources, managing intelligence and preparing high quality evidence for prosecution. There is also a strong focus on interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects using appropriate techniques.

The focus on professional practice you gain will be underpinned by the ethical and critical contexts of masters-level academic study, meeting UK accreditation standards for higher education.

Invaluable perspectives

The MSc Criminal Investigationwill help you advance your investigative career in law enforcement, finance, health and safety, social services and many other sectors.

It addresses key challenges facing the investigation professional, including the changing nature of law enforcement and the

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 710 per moduleInternational course feesGBP 14250 per total

Entry requirements

At least a 2:2 from your first degree, or the equivalent. If your first degree is not in the Social Sciences or related subjects such as criminology, criminal justice, policing, sociology, psychology and economics, please contact the Programme Leader.

If your first language is not English, you will need to evidence a proficiency in English (IELTS 6.5).

We also welcome applicants who may not have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) but who have substantial and relevant professional experience.

If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, contact the Programme Leader who will be happy to supply further advice.

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