PG Cert Policing and Criminal Investigation

Short online course designed for continuing professional development or progression onto a full Masters degree

University of Essex Online


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Online, self-paced
8 Months
Level 7 PGCert
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This 100% online Postgraduate Certificate in Policing and Criminal Investigation presents many important topics relating to policing, criminal investigations and psychology.


Level 7 PGCert
Awarded by University of Essex


Students will explore the wide-ranging methods used to investigate major crimes, such as sexual assault and homicide, while also critically appraising effective police partnerships and leadership. The course also has a strong emphasis on the function of psychology in supporting criminal investigations.

Using programme materials created by tutors with professional senior policing and investigative experience and extensive academic experience, students will develop thorough knowledge of modern-day criminological and psychological theory, policing and social policy. After graduation from the programme, students will possess a thorough understanding of the evolving nature of policing with a particular focus on partnership working, leadership and social and government policy. Students will also acquire a variety of analytical and critical skills that are applicable in a number of different professional environments.

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

Who is this course for?

This 8-month, online course is a perfect alternative to campus-based, full-time study and is ideal for those students interested in discovering how criminal investigation or policing works, or if you are attracted to a career in these fields. If you already work in these environments, this course will improve your career prospects and knowledge.

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