MSc Policing and Criminal Investigation

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
Home (full-time, per year): £5,985
Home (per credit): £33.25
International (full-time, per year): £13,250

Contact details

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090


Arts, Professional and Social Studies

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


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About this course

Study for a Policing and Criminal Investigation MSc at LJMU and work with crime victims and witnesses to enhance your knowledge and key skills in this area.

  • Explore investigative issues to gain the knowledge and practical skills to operate as a crime investigator in serious and complex cases
  • Consider the links between investigation, forensics and psychology
  • Work with crime victims and witnesses
  • Choose this programme if you are a serving officer or about to embark on a policing or academic career
  • Look forward to excellent employment opportunities in policing/investigative work, private investigation and with bodies such as Trading Standards and the Inland Revenue
  • Progress to doctorate study

Whether your career aspirations lie in investigative work within the police service, within private security or with other public bodies such as the Inland Revenue and Trading Standards, this new MSc will develop your investigative skills and prepare you for career success. Working with crime victims and witnesses, you will explore the links between investigation, forensics and psychology.

You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff have significant research expertise in a wide 

 

range of fields including: Data Science; Cyber Security; Evidence-Based Practice; Forensic Science; Leadership, Governance and Ethics; Professional Development and Knowledge Exchange; Transnational and Public Order Policing; Urban Intelligence and Informatics; Victimology and Domestic Violence; Serious and Organised Crime and Intelligence Led policing.

The programme will challenge your intellect and encourage you to explore and critically analyse key developments in the field of criminal investigations and policing. You will consider links between investigation, forensics and psychology, and by working with crime victims and witnesses, you will gain practical skills and knowledge to enable you to operate as a crime investigator.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2016) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This programme prepares you for further study, employment or new roles in your current profession.

Policing and other related public sector fields currently suffer a skills gap in relation to quantitative research. This programme aims to fill that gap. It teaches the advanced skills of research, conceptualisation, analysis, argument, and presentation – all highly valued in many areas of employment.

Students with an interest in pursuing an academic path will be encouraged to progress to PhD level. This MSc plays an important development role in this process.

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On completion of your MSc, you may consider a career in the police service or in areas connected to investigation, security or criminal justice e.g. the armed services, prison service, social work or criminal justice-related roles within the Civil Service. If you are already in employment, the MSc will prepare you to specialise in your area of interest.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.


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Core Modules

Policing in Context

This module introduces you to different perspectives that relate to policing and provide an opportunity to critically explore the range of regulatory processes, professional values and ethics that inform practice. It provides an insight into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities and

  • allows you to explore emerging debates relating to policing, community safety and criminal justice
  • gives you an overview of a variety of diverse policing perspectives

Advanced Research Skills

This module aims to prepare you for the dissertation in semester three by introducing key epistemological and methodological issues that impact on research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice. While exploring the politics and practice of research in these areas, the module will introduce research theories and methods.

Advanced Investigation Skills

This module will examine the administrative difficulties posited during a criminal investigation and the importance of investigative ethics. It aims to:

  • examine the contributions that forensics bestow upon criminal investigations
  • make you capable of ‘problem-solving’ in the field of criminal investigations

Forensic and Medicolegal Death

Discover core foundational concepts of criminal investigations, enabling you to understand, explain, analyse and evaluate causes, sustainment and consequences of processing a death scene

Forensic Cognition: Violence and Victims

Cognition is recognised as a key component in the way people think and behave. This course will examine influential theories that have been developed to aid in investigating sexual/violent offences. This module also aims to explore the investigative niche area of serial offending and why offenders chose certain victims.

Investigative Interviewing

The aim of the module is to critically explore the intersection of psychology and policing. It will also examine current practices, techniques and applications of police interviewing. You will be exposed to comparative international techniques in interviewing, interpretation of verbal and physical behaviour, causes of denial, deception and defensiveness.

Dissertation - Policing

The aim of the dissertation module is to develop your ability to analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field. You will draw on a relevant body of knowledge, collecting data and completing a piece of writing in a manner conforming to the tenets of disciplined, lucid and critical scholarship.

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Full-time and part-time students attend university for teaching on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Teaching methods

The course offers a range of approaches to learning, with peer and tutor feedback greatly encouraged. Workshop activities and tutor support facilitate formative feedback to enable you to work on your weaknesses and build on your strengths.

Applied learning

All Policing Studies students have opportunities to learn directly from practitioners via workshops and masterclasses. The latter are held each month and include talks from a range of eminent experts, professionals and practitioners, from Leader of the North West Circuit, David Steer QC to UN Police Advisor, Chief Inspector Cecilia Dunster and Marie McCourt, mother of 'no-body' murder victim, Helen McCourt.

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Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this programme include: academic essays; annotated bibliographies; reflective research exercises; position papers; exams; reports; case studies; portfolios; online blogs and wikis; workplace practice; posters; oral presentations (individual and group); debates; reviews; group work and the dissertation/research project.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Heather Panter

Heather Panter

Senior lecturer

Heather is programme leader for Policing and Criminal Investigation. Her research involves the comparative cross-examination of policing within the United States and the United Kingdom in respect to officers’ cognitive and social perceptions of LGBT+ identities. A portion of her current research focuses on biases, gender theories, psychological conflict theories, and the issues surrounding social acceptance of those in stigmatised minority groups within policing. Heather is a retired police detective with a combined 13 years of American law enforcement experience with local and federal police agencies.

I am a passionate teacher who draws on my previous police experience to create an innovative pedagogic environment which enables students to both grasp and apply complex criminological and investigative ideas.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based within the John Foster Building, in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Humanities and Social Science has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated postgraduate study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which provides an exceptional range of materials to support your studies.


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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 in Policing, Criminology, Criminal Justice or a related subject

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  • evidence of current and relevant academic learning, including a Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP) qualification and/or relevant CPD learning

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson requirements: 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

Applications are considered by the Programme Leader and at least two course tutors. They are assessed on: your application form, academic transcript (or equivalent) and an academic reference.

​​You will need to:

  • demonstrate sufficient knowledge to embark on the programme
  • display the potential to develop high level research skills
  • demonstrate the ability and commitment to work at postgraduate level


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