From criminal investigation to courtroom: get exposure to the real world of crime scenes, policing and investigation. Learn about how crime is detected by the police using a range of investigative techniques, particularly forensic evidence, and how this is presented to a jury within a court of law. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.
Are you interested in crime, forensic science, policing and the law, but unsure which subject to study? You’ll cover them all on our course. We combine the crime scene examination part of forensic science with other crime-related subjects, such as policing, intelligence and the law. This means that, when you graduate, you’ll have a wide range of criminal justice career options to choose from.
Use our superb crime scene laboratories to learn the skills of a crime scene examiner. We’ll help you to understand the practical aspects of crime and investigation, and how they affect everyday life. You’ll look at different types of crime, from burglary through to murder, and find out how these are investigated by the Police. You’ll also learn how to investigate mass disasters, such as plane crashes and tsunamis, and discover how forensic pathology and anthropology is used.
Our course will explore traditional investigative methods used by the Police in addition to newer aspects of policing, such as evidence-based policing. You will also learn how to present professional reports in both a policing environment and within a court of law.
Our lecturers have first-hand experience of crime scene examination, policing and criminal justice. As well as benefitting from their knowledge, you’ll have guest lectures from visiting professionals and get an understanding of the workplace through visits to places such as the Crown Court, and other field trips.
You’ll graduate from our course with the skills needed to work in various areas within the criminal justice system, particularly policing, crime scene examination, prisons and security, as well as government intelligence agencies.
The legal and criminology elements of the course open up career possibilities in social and youth work, crime analysis, victim support and legal work.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. This course has a hands-on approach, so a lot of your assessment will be through practical work. Your assessments will include traditional exams and assignments, as well as your performance in practical work, presentations, mock courts and group work.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
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You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Full-time, sandwich-thick undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
January 2019, September 2018
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