Taught course

Crime Science, Investigation and Intelligence

University of Portsmouth · Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5. Campus-based applicants require a minimum score of 6.0 in all individual components.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

This course will enable you to develop holistic approaches to investigations that embrace the investigative strategies, tools and techniques which advances in the fields of science and technology provide, enhancing your ability to critically evaluate and manage investigations. You will enhance your ability to critically evaluate and manage investigations by embracing the latest developments in investigative strategies, tools and techniques in a proven distance learning model.

You can study this as campus based course or through distance learning.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Take up advanced study of issues of interest from your first degree in a related subject, or recent experience in investigation, intelligence or security
  • Develop professional expertise in criminal investigation to support specialisation in this field
  • Follow a distance learning programme with experts in this method of teaching

What opportunities might it lead to?

You will be encouraged to develop your own links with the Institute's connections to police forces in Hampshire, Surrey and London. The programme also covers a range of criminal justice issues while developing the skills to produce a portfolio of knowledge and abilities that supports career development opportunities in a wider range of careers.

Module Details

You will study four 30-credit units and complete a 60-credit dissertation:

  • Research Methods and Research Management: You will study with students on other postgraduate pathways and attend additional specialist seminars where relevant, to learn key methods and skills that ensure your research activities are credible, efficient and ethical.
  • Managing Investigations: You will examine theories and models of investigation, plus formulate a range of investigative strategies that recognise the importance of accurately assessing risk and human rights compliance.
  • Tools and Techniques of Crime Science: You will learn about the applied use of scientific techniques such as crime analysis and mapping, investigative interviewing and debriefing, forensic computing, crime prevention technologies and digital imagery.
  • Managing Intelligence: This unit covers national community safety and security strategies, strategic drivers (PESTELO), the importance of operational security and anti-corruption strategies, issues of governance and compliance, performance management, inter-agency operability and partnership working, amongst other things.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a range of lectures, seminars and interactive sessions, delivered at the University for campus-based students, or through our distance learning model (watch the video below for more details on distance learning). There are likely to be a number of field trips in the programme. You'll largely be taught by ICJS staff with extensive backgrounds in policing and intelligence.

Throughout the course there is explicit emphasis on professional knowledge and practice, as well as learning from and networking with others on the course. We have extensive and strong links with Hampshire Constabulary, Surrey Police and the Metropolitan Police, and staff take every opportunity to exploit those links for your benefit.

Student Destinations

The course will enhance your employability and career prospects in an area where there is a wide range of careers in investigation or intelligence work. That includes employment in a broad range of public and private sector bodies where, amongst other things, the search for best value and the need to manage risk effectively, have created many more openings for financial investigators, compliance officers and analysts.

Fees and funding

UK students
full time: £4,700 p/a part time: £2,350 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
full time: £12,600 p/a part time: £6,300 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team - Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
023 9284 3933