BSc Policing and Criminal Investigation

The course starts by taking you on an immersive journey through the entire investigative process, illustrating the natural progress of criminal investigations and the interlinked areas of policing and forensics. 

Course details

Are you interested in a rewarding career in policing, criminal investigation, or wider law enforcement? Then our BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation might be the perfect fit for you. The course will fully immerse you in the investigative process using cutting-edge technology, giving you valuable practical insight into real-life investigations.
  • Mode of study: online
  • Intake: Intakes: September, January,  May
  • Course length: 3 years
  • Course fee: £6,935
  • Locations: online

Arden University London

Course overview

Through this, you will gain knowledge of how the various personnel involved in an investigation work together to achieve a common goal. Not only is the course delivered by skilled academic staff with years of experience in the field, but the additional use of guest lectures and webinars will provide you with a solid grounding of real practises in modern policing and criminal investigations.


Entry requirements

To be eligible for our BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation, you should normally have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent.
  • Alternative level 3 qualifications will also be considered, including Access to HE, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or internationally equivalent.


Additional benefits of the course include:

  • This degree qualifies graduates for entry to the UK police force through the degree holders entry route.
  • You’ll gain the academic knowledge needed for the entry route into a variety of civilian roles, such as crime and intelligence analyst/officer, civilian detention officer, or civilian investigating officer.
  • If you’re currently working as a police officer or civilian within the law enforcement family, but don’t have a degree, the flexibility of this course and its online format means you can study part-time while working.


You have 4-12 years to complete this course, which means you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. Most of our students, however, aim to complete the course within 4 to 6 years.

  • Introduction to Forensic Investigation(20 credits) 
  • Introduction to Criminal Investigation(20 credits) 
  • Police Custody (20 credits) 
  • Witnesses: An Introduction (20 credits)
  • Criminal Investigation: Procedures and Practices (20 credits) 
  • Analysis and Application of Forensics (20 credits)
  • Core Modules
  • Leadership in Policing and Law Enforcement (20 credits)
  • Police Procedures and Evidence (20 credits)
  • Policing and Human Rights (20 credits)
  • Policing Concepts and Theories (20 credits)

Elective Modules

  • The Intelligence Services (20 credits)
  • Community Policing (20 credits)
  • Organised Crime (20 credits)
  • Police Ethics and Professional Standards (20 credits)
  • Law Enforcement: Vulnerability and Risk (20 credits) 
  • The Professionalisation of the Investigative Interview (20 credits)
  • Special Investigations: (60 credit portfolio)