Crime and Investigative Studies - BSc (Hons)

One of the few degree programmes accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our course offers you real-world experience through work placements. 

You’ll learn about forensics, policing, the law and the important of a methodical crime-scene process from lecturers with first-hand experience in the field.

Course details

We combine crime scene examination and procedures around ISO accreditation with other crime-related subjects, such as policing, intelligence and the law. 

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Use our superb crime scene rooms to learn the skills of a crime scene examiner, as well as industry-standard technology such as 360-degree camera and technology systems. The crime scene rooms feature video and audio CCTV so you can be assessed and receive valuable feedback.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

5 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


As a Crime and Investigative Studies graduate, you’ll be ready to work in various areas of the criminal justice system – particularly policing, crime scene examination, prisons and security – as well as government intelligence agencies.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. Our course has a hands-on approach, so a lot of your assessment will be through practical work. Your assessments will include traditional exams and assignments, as well as your performance in practical work, presentations, mock courts and group work.

  • United Kingdom Legal Systems and Law for Forensic Scientists
  • Applied Science for Forensic Investigators
  • Introduction to Forensic Photography and Methodologies
  • Investigative Skills
  • Biological and Trace Evidence Analysis
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level 4
  • Group Tutorial
  • Forensic Scene Examination
  • Police Studies and Forensic Investigations
  • Introduction to Fire Investigation
  • Personal and Professional Development – Level 5
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Mass Fatality Incidents
  • Evidence Based Policing
  • Digital Forensics
  • Group Tutorial
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Management of Major Investigations
  • Specialised Topics in Investigative Science
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Major Investigations
  • Group Tutorial