Applied Investigation BA (Hons)

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Strike a balance between theory and application. Critically evaluate a contemporary and significant issue in your professional environment. Undertake work-based learning that leads to a BA (Hons) degree.

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BA (Hons) Applied Investigation allows you to explore the changing nature of the policing environment and examine the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required in order to adapt and respond to these changes.

You’ll critically reflect on your skills and knowledge within the context of various theories of workplace learning, and research into a specific topic of operational practice that is relevant to your workplace and which is of national significance.

This is the only course in the UK to provide a university degree in Applied Investigation for investigators who can demonstrate competence at PIP (Professionalising Investigation Programme) Level 2 or equivalent.

For further details on how to apply for this course, please contact the Corporate and Professional Education Team at or call 0191 515 3361.

Why us?

  • You can choose the direction of your study on this highly flexible course
  • Develop as a critical and reflective practitioner in the field of investigation
  • Provides an academic base in the practical setting of work based activity
  • Allows the sharing of best practice in a highly specialised field

Course structure

You’ll engage in a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, workshops and self-study. Your progress will be assessed via an essay, research proposal and project.

The course contact dates for London Campus are:

  • Session 1: 21 and 22 May
  • Session 2: 25 and 26 June
  • Session 3: 29 and 30 Oct

The course contact dates for Sunderland Campus are:

Year 2 Entry (Pip1) Sunderland:

  • Session 1: 14 and 15 May
  • Session 2: 3 and 4 September
  • Session 3: 3 and 4 December

Year 3 (Pip2) Entry Sunderland:

  • Session 1: 3 and 4 October
  • Session 2: 7 and 8 November
  • Session 3: 13 and 14 March 2019

Academic year 18/19:

Year 3 Entry (Pip2) Sunderland:

  • Session 1: 15 and 16 May 2019
  • Session 2: 19 and 20 June 2019
  • Session 3: 14 and 15 October 2019

We are currently finalising the details for our MA course due to start in 2018, please contact to register your interest.

Modules on this course include:

  • Extending Professional Competence (30 credits)
  • Work-based Research Project in Applied Investigations (90 credits)


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

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You’ll be based at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, on the banks of the River Wear. Here, you’ll have access to excellent library resources and comprehensive facilities.

Entry requirements

We require you to have PIP (Professionalising Investigation Programme) Level 2 or equivalent. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate competence and knowledge in the investigation of serious and complex crime.

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

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £3,250 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

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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This information was correct at the time of publication.

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The BA (Hons) Applied Investigation course offers accreditation at university level for those who have the knowledge and experience of investigating serious and complex crime.

When you complete the course you will gain a BA (Hons) degree, and you will also be qualified to study at the next level, which is MA Investigative Management.

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