Crime, Policing, and Investigation

Welcome to Crime, Policing, and Investigation at the University of Sunderland. Whether you're looking to study for your first undergraduate degree or are already established within your field, here, you'll find everything you need to know about our fantastic, career-focused courses and beyond.

Welcome to Crime, Policing, and Investigation

Enrol on one of our Crime, Policing, or Investigation courses here at the University of Sunderland and graduate with the essential skills and expertise you need to kickstart your career in this exciting and varied line of work.

The range of courses we offer will cater to a number of backgrounds – whether you’re joining us as an undergraduate straight out of school or college, or you’re already in work and looking to develop your training even further. Several of our courses have been specially designed in collaboration with serving representatives in the police and criminal justice sector, drawing on their diverse experience to equip you with all that you’ll need for your professional development. Not sure which course is right for you? Read our useful guide to find out more.

You’ll be taught and supported by knowledgeable academics who are experts in their field, many of whom come from a well-established background in policing and investigation. As well as this, the University has strong links with numerous organisations, enabling you to enhance your employability via placements and volunteering.

Why us?

20th

Our Criminology courses are ranked 20th in the UK

Guardian University Guide, 2022
1st

We are the first university in the country to offer BSc (Hons) Professional Policing as an accelerated two-year degree

94%

Our BA (Hons) Applied Investigation course has 94% Overall Satisfaction

according to the National Student Survey 2021

Our Crime, Policing, and Investigation courses

Take a look below to find the right course for you.

Undergraduate courses

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Full-time

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

Drawing on our knowledge and expertise in Police Investigation and our well established reputation in Criminology and Law fields, we've launched a new degree: the pre-join degree in Professional Policing. The policing degree follows the National Policing Curriculum and provides you with the skills and knowledge to become a police officer.

Find out more about Professional Policing
BSc (Hons) Criminology
Full-time

BSc (Hons) Criminology

Learn about crime, criminal behaviour and punishment, visit criminal courts and prisons and take advantage of volunteering opportunities and an optional placement in a relevant organisation. Develop analytical and practical skills in both quantitative and qualitative research, often needed for further academic study and highly sought after by employers.

Find out more about BSc (Hons) Criminology
Part-time

BA (Hons) Applied Investigation

This unique course provides a degree in Applied Investigation for investigators who can demonstrate competence at PIP Level 2 or equivalent.

Find out more about Applied Investigation
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Full-time/Part-time

BSc (Hons) Policing Studies (Top-Up)

Our BSc (Hons) Policing Studies (Top-Up) has been developed in conjunction with feedback from regional police units and colleges. This course will examine the most important issues facing modern policing and will provide a professional and academic basis for policing practice. Our curriculum complements the national agenda for professionalising the police force and allows students to gain a BSc qualification in one year of study. 

Find out more about Policing Studies (Top-Up)
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Full-time

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing course, with an Integrated Foundation Year. Study current topics such as digital policing and organised crime and terrorism. Help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. Graduate and go on to apply for a role as a Police Constable in England and Wales.

Find out more about BSc (Hons) Professional Policing with Integrated Foundation Year
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Full-time

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BSc (Hons) Criminology course, with an integrated foundation year. Learn about crime, criminal behaviour and punishment, visit criminal courts and prisons, and take advantage of volunteering opportunities and an optional placement in a relevant organisation.

Find out more about BSc (Hons) Criminology with Integrated Foundation Year
Customised Awards Scheme
Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

Find out more about Customised Awards Scheme

Postgraduate courses

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Full-time/Part-time

MSc Leadership in Criminal Justice and Policing

This course specialises in leadership and management in any criminal justice setting, including the police, probation, prisons, youth offending sectors or security related or policing roles. You will engage with the latest criminological research and trends. Learning is embedded throughout the course with a theoretical study of criminological and penological theory and criminal justice policy and practice. Our research practice is based in Criminal Justice, so gives our students a social science orientation – distinct from MBAs in leadership and management.

Find out more about Leadership in Criminal Justice and Policing
Part-time

MA Investigative Management

Develop and enhance your professional practice in leading and managing investigations. Study leadership and management theories in the context of work-based investigative practice. On completion, you’ll have a highly relevant masters qualification which will help you take a leading role in today’s evolving investigative processes.

Find out more about Investigative Management

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Part-time

BA (Hons) Applied Investigation

This unique course provides a degree in Applied Investigation for investigators who can demonstrate competence at PIP Level 2 or equivalent.

Find out more about Applied Investigation

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