Taught course

Criminal Investigation

University of Central Lancashire · School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course are that a student must hold one of the following qualifications: honours degree of the level 2.2 or above from a United Kingdom university or of the CNAA or its equivalent. degree or HNC or HND in an appropriate discipline, together with appropriate professional experience qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to any of the above Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications or relevant work / life experience who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are especially welcome to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc has been designed to provide an in-depth study of Criminal Investigation, and develop critical and analytical skills involving the principles, practices and techniques of Criminal Investigation. The aims of the programmes are to:

  • equip students with the knowledge and practical skills to operate as a crime investigator and manager in serious and complex cases;
  • develop critical and analytical skills involving the principles, practices and techniques of crime investigation in serious and complex cases;
  • develop competence in research methods and the presentation of information;
  • develop skills in solving problems both independently and as a team member commensurate with level 7.

The course is offered in weekly six-hour blocks which enables professionals in the field to take the degree more easily. It is aimed that students will have access to, and use, case management software supplied by Xanalys©, which is used by police forces internationally to administer complex investigations.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months
distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

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