BA (Hons) Applied Investigation is a unique and contemporary course which adapts itself and students to the evolving nature of investigative practice. It aims to build knowledge and expertise in the area of investigations through work-based learning, allowing you to attain a full BA (Hons) degree in just six contact days over 18 months.
The concept of the investigation course accredits prior experience, permitting those who have achieved PIP Level 2 (or equivalent), or those who have five years' experience in an organisation and are operating in an investigative capacity, to enter the degree in its third and final stage. The work-based approach encourages you to focus on your area of interest, producing a research study whilst critically reflecting on investigative skills and strategies.
Developed by senior police officers and members of NPCC, the course is undeniably relevant for those in force however, its self-study nature and adaptability make it an ideal fit for criminal investigators in all professions looking to upskill or affirm their career with a degree.
On campus and throughout your studying, you will be coached by Programme Leaders with vast experience in the world of investigation, offering unrivalled academic and practical support to those undertaking the investigation degree.
During the BA (Hons) Applied Investigation degree, 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.
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Gain an understanding of essential academic reading, writing and referencing skills and knowledge of research methods and how they can be applied to a research problem. Identify an area of investigative practice and articulate the current state of research and the need for further study. Learn the major conceptual, theoretical and practical issues relevant to your specific work role and have the ability to present a clearly defined plan for conducting a research project.
Learn critical reflection and how to deploy your professional skills and strategies, developing the flexibility to meet changing needs within investigations. Demonstrate an understanding of the personal development process and apply an individual negotiated approach to self-development, producing a personal plan to foster, promote and enhance these needs through workplace learning.
Identify a key area of operation within investigative procedure that requires further reflection and analysis, and produce a research proposal in your area of interest. Gain an ability to critically evaluate existing research and professional practice, the skills to select and summarise sources of information and effectively present information to a professional audience.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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Applicants must have extensive experience of investigations in a professional capacity. Those with a PIP level 2 qualification (or equivalent experience), or those with five years' experience in an organisation and who are currently operating in an investigative capacity are encouraged to apply for this stage.
In addition, you should be able to demonstrate competence and knowledge in the investigation of serious and complex crime.
If English isn't your first language, please see our English language requirements.
Course fees are £4,450.
Please note that part-time courses aren't available to international students who require a student visa to study in the UK.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements, and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
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. Visit this page for more information about funding.
Take a look at the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
The BA (Hons) Applied Investigation course offers accreditation at university level for those who have the knowledge and experience of investigating serious and complex crimes.
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.