You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject.
Relevant professional qualifications and/or appropriate work experience will also be considered. This will allow for the recruitment of current police officers, police staff and staff from other law enforcement agencies with significant related work experience.
For applicants who don't have a second-class honours degree, an interview will usually form part of the selection process.
Months of entry
Immersing you in the management of serious and complex case investigations carried out by the police and other law enforcement agencies, this taught Masters degree provides a valuable and highly rewarding learning experience. Ideal for serving police officers and police staff who perform support and lead roles within the areas of intelligence and investigation, the course will also appeal to members of other law enforcement agencies who have, or aspire to hold, responsibility for managing investigations. It is also suitable for recent graduates seeking a career in this area. You will learn the practical and theoretical skills and techniques needed to conduct and manage high level police and law enforcement investigations. This will involve exploring the different strategies that contribute to an overarching investigation plan, including forensic, witnesses and scene management, underpinned by the development of advanced research skills. With opportunities to explore areas including investigative interviewing, ethical issues in law enforcement, as well as the use of intelligence in reactive and proactive investigations, and digital policing and cybercrime, you will also develop key transferable skills including oral and written communication, critical analysis, time management, teamwork and applied problem solving.
You will be assessed through coursework which will include assignments, such as essays, and the completion of portfolios or problem-solving exercises involving case studies or hypothetical scenarios. You will be required to identify and apply the pertinent law, policy, process or regulations to a given set of facts.
Your dissertation will be 15,000 words in length and could, for example, focus on a topic involving research around an element of investigation. It may also be conducted in the context of an employment setting, such as a police force or law enforcement agency.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this taught Masters degree.