Crime, Policing, and Investigation careers and opportunities

Explore the different career routes you can go into with a crime, policing, or investigation degree and find out more about placements, opportunities and all the support you'll receive during your course to help you get to where you want to be when you graduate.

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Career ready

If you choose to study for your degree with us, we make it our priority to support you with your future career goals and prepare you for what's next after graduation.

Our Crime, Policing, and Investigation courses will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required to enhance your employability, whether you're about to enter the world of work for the first time or are looking to progress in your current role.

One major advantage of our courses is that you'll benefit from the extensive experience of our research-active teaching staff, whose professional backgrounds make them experts within their subject area, as well as provide vital links with organisations within the industry. You will receive one-to-one mentoring alongside teaching and learning, guaranteeing that you'll be supported every step of the way.

Read our article to find out more about the types of career you can go into with one of our degrees.

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Placements and work experience

Some of our courses offer the opportunity for you to undertake placement or voluntary work during your studying, which will play an integral part in gaining that valuable hands-on experience needed for when you graduate. Several of our students remain with their organisation, either to continue volunteering or moving into paid roles once their placements come to an end.

Our strong partnerships with external organisations are what set our courses apart from the rest. Examples of these include the prison service, local police constabularies, the youth justice service, victim support agencies and many more.

Our team are also responsible for founding and running the Local Appropriate Adult Scheme.


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The Local Appropriate Adult Scheme

The Local Appropriate Adult Scheme is a collaboration with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Northumbria Police, founded and run by our Criminology academic team. If you study one of our Social Sciences courses at Sunderland, you'll have the opportunity to take advantage of this unique partnership and volunteer as an appropriate adult during your time as a student here.

You will be trained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 to provide a 24-hour volunteer service across the Northumbria Police force area, offering assistance and emotional support throughout a person's time in police custody. This will enable you to undertake a professional Level 2 accreditation in working as an appropriate adult with vulnerable people.

Student and graduate destinations

Get career inspiration from our Crime, Policing, and Investigation students and graduates below, or see the full list of our student stories here: