Taught course

Policing and Law Enforcement Investigation

Edge Hill University · Law, Criminology and Policing

Entry requirements

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


Course content

Already a police officer or member of police staff? Working within a law enforcement agency? Or keen to kickstart your career in law enforcement? We’ve designed this course for anyone who wants to take charge of investigations, perform lead roles in intelligence and play a key role in tackling crime across the UK. To prepare you for your future in investigations, we’ll focus on building the practical and theoretical skills you need. This involves exploring the strategies within investigation plans, including forensics, witnesses and scene management. Shape your policing and law enforcement studies with opportunities to explore different areas. Choose from the use of intelligence in reactive and proactive investigations, disclosure and digital policing and cybercrime. At the same time as boosting your expertise, you’ll develop sought-after advanced research skills. Employers will also value your other transferrable skills in communication, critical analysis, time management, teamwork and problem-solving.

Fees and funding

Course pricing can be found here - https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/course/policing-and-law-enforcement-investigation/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


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.

Course contact details

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