Investigative Management MA

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Develop your skills and be part of the future of the Police. Bring a high level of professionalism to investigation. Qualify for more senior roles within the Police.

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MA Investigative Management is ideal for professionals seeking to advance their careers by studying leadership and management in the context of work-based investigative practice.

This course has been designed in collaboration with senior Police representatives to enhance your intellectual capability and professional practice in relation to how investigations are led, managed and delivered.

By its nature, this cross-disciplinary course has a substantive professional experience component; throughout your studies you will be supported by academic staff, as well as various professionals with practical experience of investigation. With a clear focus on merging theory and practice, you will gain a deeper understanding of investigative management in the context of real-world experience(s) and professional practice(s).

This course includes a dissertation module which allows you to tailor your study to suit your career needs and research interests.

Why us?

  • Flexible study that fits around your work commitments
  • Gain an extremely industry-specific postgraduate qualification
  • Qualify for more senior positions

Course structure

MA Investigative Management is taught via lectures, workshops, and self-study.

Your progress will be assessed with coursework, a research proposal (in written and presentation form) and your dissertation.

Throughout your studies, you will receive one-to-one guidance and support from academic staff, and professionals with practical experience of investigation.

The course contact dates are:

  • 19 February 2020
  • 20 February 2020
  • 10 June 2020
  • 11 June 2020
  • 14 October 2020
  • 15 October 2020
  • 13 January 2021
  • 14 January 2021

Modules on this course include:

  • Advanced Critical Thinking and Applied Research Skills (30 credits)
  • Professional Leadership and Decision-Making in Investigation (30 credits)
  • Critical Decision-Making in Investigation (30 credits)
  • Advanced Investigative Management Proposal (30 credits)
  • Investigative Management Dissertation (60 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course you need to be at least one of the following:

  • Graduate in BA (Hons) Applied Investigation
  • Senior Investigative professional with experience of leading and managing investigations
  • Professional Graduate with at least five years’ experience in investigation
  • Have attained Pip level 3 or higher

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £4,770.

If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces, then the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme may be able to help cover your funding for this course. For more information, see our Funding for Armed Forces personnel page.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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MA Investigative Management has been designed in response to the current sector needs in policing. It is an extremely relevant to modern Police practices, and its structure, content and assessment strategies have been created in collaboration with senior Police representatives. As an Investigative Management graduate you will be able to immediately make a positive impact in your current role in the Police. If you are seeking employment or planning to change roles, you will be qualified for positions with more seniority and responsibility.

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