Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) BSc (Hons)

Police tape secures an investigation site
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
4.5 years part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

Ready to join the frontline of policing and investigation? Fast-track your career with a professional qualification that gives you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to get ahead.

This BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation degree course is a part-time, distance learning course. You’ll explore the challenges and issues confronting the policing and investigation sector, and develop your critical and analytical skills.

By completing this course, you'll boost your career and promotions prospects and be able to work in many areas of policing and investigation.

Read more about our distance learning crime and criminology degrees in this downloadable leaflet.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Develop academic and professional expertise in policing and criminal investigation
  • Be taught by leading academics from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Join virtual study days with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions
  • Have optional opportunities to attend the University
  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
  • Tailor your studies, by choosing units that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to complete the course more quickly if you have

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you prepare for a promotion or find a job that puts your skills to work in the field.

You’ll be ready to take on roles in areas such as:

  • the police
  • the civil service
  • local government

Graduates have also pursued roles in public and private sector organisations in roles such as:

  • criminal investigator
  • police staff
  • analyst and researcher

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

In a rapidly changing and evolving world with increasing demands upon the police, this course draws on very relevant and applied issues, and has helped me develop as a professional.

Eirikur Valberg, BSc Hons Policing and Investigation student

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each stage, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently studied

Core units currently include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Law and Legal Studies
  • Introduction to Investigations
  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Social Context of Policing
  • Studying Criminology
  • Understanding Criminology

There are no optional units in this stage.

Core units currently include:

  • Frameworks of Investigation
  • Investigation: Psychology and Law
  • Police Operations and Policing Processes
  • Research Methods

Options to choose from in this stage currently include:

  • Anti-Fraud Strategies
  • Business Continuity and Crisis Management
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Hate Crime
  • Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Issues in Criminology
  • Penology
  • Risk Management
  • The Fraud Problem
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Core units currently include:

  • Critical Issues in Public Protection Policing
  • Major Crime Investigation - Success and Failure
  • Dissertation

Options to choose from in this stage currently include:

  • Business Administration in the Security and Justice Sectors
  • Contemporary International Policing Systems
  • Counter Terrorism and UK National Security
  • Criminal Justice and Minority Groups
  • Dangerousness and Dangerous Offenders
  • Internet Risk and Security
  • Interviewing and Evidence
  • Organised Crime
  • Private Policing
  • Victimology – Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities to complement your studies and enhance your CV. We can also help you plan the next steps in your career.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

This course is delivered by supported distance learning. You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment.

You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.

You'll need access to a computer and a Web connection. You may be able to access some of the resources through a tablet or smartphone, with limited functionality. You don't need to be especially computer literate, although typing skills are useful.

How you'll spend your time

This distance learning course allows you to combine study and work, progressing at your own pace.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you're assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Stage 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 3 students: 100% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

UK/EU/International/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,080 per year and £1,540 in year 5 (may be subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final stage includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You may need to pay additional travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, of £50–£500 to attend our optional campus induction events and study days.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply? Attend a Virtual Open Day to explore our course facilities.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.