Taught course

Policing and Criminal Investigation

University of Essex Online · Criminology

Entry requirements

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our PG Cert Policing and Criminal Investigation you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification.

In order to satisfy the Work Experience Entry Route requirements for our PG Cert Policing and Criminal Investigation course you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

  • At least 5 years’ senior level work experience.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

This unique online Postgraduate Certificate in Policing and Criminal Investigation introduces many key topics relating to policing, psychology and criminal investigations.

You’ll discover the varied techniques used to investigate major crimes, such as homicide and sexual assault, while also critically reviewing effective police leadership and partnerships. The programme also has a strong focus on the role of psychology in supporting criminal investigations.

Using programme content created by tutors with considerable academic and professional senior policing and investigative experience, you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of contemporary policing, criminological and psychological theory and social policy. After completing the programme you’ll also be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the changing nature of policing with a particular focus on leadership, social and government policy, and partnership working. You’ll also acquire a range of critical and analytical skills that can be used in a variety of different professional contexts.

This short, 100% online course is a great alternative to full-time, campus based study and is perfect if you are interested in discovering how policing and criminal investigation works, or if you are attracted to a career in the field of policing or investigation. If you are already working in policing or investigation, then this programme is valid (Continuing Professional Development) CPD and will enhance your knowledge and career prospects.

Upon completion of your Postgraduate Certificate, we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (awarded after 120 credits) and a full Masters in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (awarded after 180 credits).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    8 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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