Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) BSc (Hons)

Police tape secures an investigation site
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
4.5 years part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

Overview

Build your career in policing or investigation with a professional qualification that explores the challenges faced by the sector.

This BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation degree course is a part-time, distance learning course, which you can study around your other commitments. 

You might want to take this course because of your interest in policing; you'll study the latest academic work in policing, and learn about investigation as a global topic. If you're thinking of a career in this field, you'll develop the practical skills you need to work in policing and related areas (such as private security, police oversight bodies, or financial investigation in banking).

If you want a career in the police in England or Wales, this degree qualifies you for one of the College of Policing’s entry routes to the police service. 

If you’re already a serving police officer, it’s a perfect in-service degree to boost your career prospects, and you may be able to gain academic credits for your on-the-job experience, reducing the amount of study you need to complete to gain your degree.

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • There are no specific qualification requirements, we will assess your application on its own merits. Applicants may be required to produce a short written artefact to better assist the course leader as to the suitability of the applicant.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Qualifications or experience
  • There are no specific qualification requirements, we will assess your application on its own merits. Applicants may be required to produce a short written artefact to better assist the course leader as to the suitability of the applicant.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this Policing and Investigation course you’ll:

  • Develop academic and professional expertise in policing and criminal investigation
  • Be taught by leading academics from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Join virtual study sessions with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions
  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
  • Tailor your studies, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to complete the course more quickly if you have relevant prior learning or work experience

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you prepare for a promotion or find a job that puts your skills to work in the field. We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

What can you do with a Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) degree?

You’ll be ready to take on roles in areas such as:

  • the police
  • the civil service
  • local government

What jobs can you do with a Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning) degree?

Graduates have also pursued roles in public and private sector organisations in roles such as:

  • criminal investigator
  • police staff
  • analyst and researcher

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities to complement your studies and enhance your CV. We can also help you plan the next steps in your career.

In a rapidly changing and evolving world with increasing demands upon the police, this course draws on very relevant and applied issues, and has helped me develop as a professional.

Eirikur Valberg, BSc Hons Policing and Investigation student

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. As a distance learning student, you'll study modules worth a total of 80 credits each year. This will be a combination of core modules, worth 40 credits each, and optional modules worth 20 credits each.

A degree is split into three levels (level 4, level 5 and level 6), each made up of modules worth a total of 120 credits. Completing all three levels of this course takes 4 and a half years.

Modules currently being studied

Core modules include

  • Essential Skills for Criminal Justice Studies (Level 4; 40 credits)
  • Criminal Justice and the Legal System (Level 4; 40 credits)

There are no optional modules in this stage.

Core modules include

  • Fundamentals of Policing and Investigation (Level 4; 40 credits)
  • Policing and Society (Level 5; 40 credits)

There are no optional modules in this stage.

Core modules include

  • Research Methods and Analysis (Level 5; 40 credits)

You'll select two optional modules from the list below (Level 5; 20 credits each)

  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Cybercrime and Security
  • Organised Crime
  • Victimology - Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System
  • Advanced Investigation and Operational Policing
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response

 Core modules include  

  • Specialist Policing: Major Crime and Public Protection (Level 6; 40 credits)

You'll select two optional modules from the list below (Level 5; 20 credits each)

  • Forensic Psychology: Investigation
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
  • Cybercrime and Security
  • Organised Crime
  • Victimology - Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System
  • Advanced Investigation and Operational Policing
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response

Core modules include

  • Dissertation (Level 6; 40 credits)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Teaching

This course is delivered by supported distance learning. You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment.

You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.

You'll need access to a computer and a Web connection. You may be able to access some of the resources through a tablet or smartphone, with limited functionality. You don't need to be especially computer literate, although typing skills are useful.

How you'll spend your time

This distance learning course allows you to combine study and work, progressing at your own pace.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you're assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Stage 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Stage 3 students: 100% by coursework

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and International students – £3,080 per year (years 1-4) and £1,540 a year (year 5) (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £3,080 per year (years 1-4) and £1,540 a year (year 5) (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You may need to pay additional travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, of £50–£500 to attend our optional campus induction events and study days.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form.

Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form.

Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly (see the 'How to apply' section above) or get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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