PG Certificate Policing and Criminal Investigation

Can be taken anytime (8 months)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

This 100% online Postgraduate Certificate in Policing and Criminal Investigation presents many important topics relating to policing, criminal investigations and psychology. 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.
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. 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).

Career options after graduation

We are committed to improving employability for our graduates. Our online programmes give you the chance to increase your earning potential and career prospects with a mix of skills that are directly applicable to the workplace. Our PG Cert Policing and Criminal Investigation programme will give you many of the skills needed to pursue a career in investigation and/or policing. The course is also ideal for those who are already working in the police service or investigation and looking to enhance their career prospects. The challenging and wide-ranging course content will also help you to develop your research, analytical and cognitive skills, plus your intellectual capacity, through the acquisition of reasoning, knowledge and problem-solving.

Course content

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.

About Course Provider

Who we are

Our mission is to make education accessible to everyone, everywhere, by delivering quality online undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. All of our courses are delivered by Kaplan Open Learning (Essex) Limited, an experienced online learning provider and part of Kaplan, Inc., the UK’s leading global provider of diverse education and training.

Our courses

All of our courses are 100% online and part-time. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in topics such as business, law, psychology, criminology, health and our ever-popular MBA.

Our programmes are developed by industry leaders and subject experts and all module content is tailored specifically to promote maximum engagement while learning online. University of Essex Online students will benefit from receiving all the support students normally receive on campus, plus the invaluable benefit of flexibility. Our recorded lectures, access to eBooks (included in the price of your fees) and online class discussion forums mean that you can fit your study around your work, family and other commitments.

Support we offer

All of our students have a dedicated Student Support Adviser who acts as a first point of contact, and mentor. Students also receive regular and prompt academic feedback from their tutors. We have consistently received outstanding overall student satisfaction ratings from the independent National Student Survey, scoring an average of 92% across all five years.

Fees and funding

Our fees are the same for all students and in order to make it more affordable, we offer simple monthly payment plans to spread the cost of your studies. Alternatively, our students can benefit from 10% discount if they pay the full course fee up-front.

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