Taught course

Criminal Investigation

Teesside University · Law and Criminal Investigation

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a second-class honours degree in a relevant field. However, those who have relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides you with opportunities to develop your skills in the challenging and dynamic field of criminal investigation.

It offers knowledge of contemporary theory and practices in criminal investigation, investigation-related legislation and relevant areas in criminal justice studies, criminology, criminal law and many other disciplines. This multidisciplinary programme develops your intellectual capability and enhances your professional ability.

A particular strength of the programme is its inter-disciplinary nature, incorporating the knowledge of staff with practical experience of investigation, law and research whilst offering a strong academic base. The programme has a clear focus which merges theory and practice and emphasises the importance of relevant legislation, policies and practices, linking them to the overall theme exploring criminal investigation.

This programme includes a dissertation module which enables you to focus on an aspect of investigation which is of particular interest you, relevant to criminal investigation, but potentially in relation to an area not taught within the programme.

How you learn
Teaching is student-centred to develop your understanding of theory, practice and presentation.

The programme commences with a three-day block induction period to enable you to meet staff and be introduced to the programme. You then begin a blended learning programme, which involves studying both in the classroom (one evening and one half day) and independently via on-line learning. This increases the flexibility of the programme and it is anticipated this combined approach of on-line study, evening and daytime study offers sufficient flexibility to fit into most lifestyles, whilst offering the benefit of the socialising aspects of group study. It also encourages the development of independent learning skills at an earlier stage in the programme, in readiness for research tasks.

How you are assessed
Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each module, either via on-line tasks or by classroom tasks, offering you feedback to assist you to develop your skills.

This programme adopts a wide range of formal assessment methods which assists you to achieve the learning outcomes and to evaluate the effectiveness of your learning. Essays and other forms of writing are commonly used. These assess your analytical, evaluative and communication skills. Presentations allow you to demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of the key subject matter.

Seen examinations test your knowledge and information retention as well as your fluency. You are required to undertake appropriate criminal investigation-related research. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate standard of research and enquiry into a specialised area of investigation, displaying an analytical discussion of that area.

Career opportunities
Graduates are equipped to work within, or progress their existing careers in, the criminal justice institutions, such as the police, prison and probation services, other investigation-related institutions and organisations, and relevant private sectors.

Information for international students

For further information please visit our website www.tees.ac.uk

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For information on funding please visit our website www.tees.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment50

Course contact details

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