BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies

Course overview

Many people are interested in studying crime, forensic science, policing and law, but have difficulty in choosing which one to study at university. This course allows you to study all of these subjects by combining the scene examination part of forensic science with other crime-related subject areas, such as policing, criminology and intelligence, as well as the necessary legal aspects that are vital. Graduates from our course will therefore be able to enter a variety of employment areas within the criminal justice system.

Key Facts

Science & Technology
University Centre Peterborough
3 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

January start available

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BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies

The specific aims of this course are:

  • To demonstrate an understanding of the UK legal systems and criminal law and the impact that these have on the investigation of different crimes
  • To develop your understanding of the main theoretical and practical skills of a forensic practitioner
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the main criminological and criminal justice theories in current use
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the different investigative techniques used by police services
  • To undertake creative, rigorous and relevant research using appropriate methodologies 


Our students benefit by taking part in visits to local & national agencies such as the Mortuary, the Sexual Offence Referral Centre and Kenyon Europe.

Module guide

Year one core modules 

  • Introduction to Forensic Methodologies
  • Introduction to Police and  Photography
  • Identification Techniques
  • Perceptions of Crime
  • Physical Criminalistics
  • UK Law and Legal Systems

Year two core modules

  • Community Safety
  • Mass Disasters
  • Police and Forensic Investigations
  • Project Preparation
  • Work-based Learning
  • Scene and Laboratory Investigation

Year three core modules 

  • Crime Scene Analysis
  • Forensic Anthropology and Pathology
  • Impact of Crime
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Specialised Topics in Investigative Science


You will be assessed via a variety of methods designed to embed transferable employability skills into the course. These methods will include:

  • Written examinations
  • Essays and portfolios of work
  • Work produced from and as a consequence of practical classes
  • Student presentations (oral)
  • Poster presentations
  • Role playing

Associated careers

Graduates from our course will be able to gain employment in a variety of areas within the criminal justice system, including community safety officers, intelligence and analytical posts, youth and anti-social behaviour workers, as well as the more obvious roles such as police officers, police community support officers, crime investigators and crime scene examiners.

Entry Requirements

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.

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