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Crime and investigation

You’re not afraid to stand up for what’s right. You use logic and reason to solve problems. And you want to use these skills to have a positive impact on society. Whether you’re fascinated by criminal psychology or feel more at home in the forensic science lab, we have the perfect course for you.

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At ARU, you’ll prepare for your future career or progress your current career in the Criminal justice sector. You’ll be exposed to real world crime and investigation through real life case studies and through work experience or even an optional placement year. Throughout your course you’ll be taught by academics who are experts in the field as well as visiting professionals.

Depending on which course you chose, we will take you from crime scene to court room, showing you how to tie evidence to suspects and present your case in court, with hands-on experience in our superb crime scene rooms and our mock courtroom.

You might want to focus on crime prevention, understanding the primary causes of criminal behaviour and how this can be changed.

Whatever you choose, we’ll make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities employers need. We work with employers who help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

A degree in the area of Crime and Investigation can open many career possibilities: probation service, prison service (officers and governors), police (crime scene and victim liaison officers), forensics (examination and analysis), the Home Office (researchers and policy analysts), government intelligence agencies, social and youth work or law.

You can help shape the landscape of our criminal justice system with a degree in crime prevention and investigation.

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Outstanding facilities and support

As an ARU student you'll be able to:

  • use cutting-edge facilities, including our new Science Centre with its range of laboratories*
  • experience our crime scene rooms and mock courtroom*
  • benefit from award-winning IT and library facilities

*depending on your course

Maddi

“I adored my modules this first trimester ... my favourite by far was learning the history of crime and how crime used to be controlled and prevented."

Maddi

BA (Hons) Criminology

Maddi's story

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Crime and Investigative Studies

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Study crime, forensic science, policing and the law
  • Learn how to investigate a crime from scratch
  • Gain valuable work experience on a placement year

Criminology

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Explore the nature of crime, justice and punishment
  • Prepare for your future career with links to local and national organisations
  • Enhance your professional CV with a semester abroad

Criminology and Policing

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation year
,
4-years-with-placement-year
Course features
  • Jump-start your career in the criminal justice sector
  • Opportunities to work closely with local police forces
  • Enhance your professional CV with a semester abroad

Criminology and Sociology

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Delve in to understanding pressing crime and social issues
  • Examine the trial process, methods of rehabilitation and more
  • Enhance your professional CV with a semester abroad

Forensic Science

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Learn to collect and analyse material from crime scenes
  • Train to present scientific evidence in court
  • Take the chance to work with local police forces and forensic labs

Criminology

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Examine real-life case studies to piece together the inner workings of serious crime, and the methods used to police it. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed for many careers in criminal justice, such as the Police, youth justice, the Home Office or border agencies.

Forensic Science

Postgraduate - MSc

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Expand your knowledge in all areas of forensic science, from gathering evidence at the crime scene itself, right through to the courtroom. Develop your skills and knowledge on our accredited course, as you collect and analyse evidence, equipping you to become a confident and effective practitioner.

Criminology

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to join one of our research projects or explore your own interests in Criminology, supported by the expertise of our staff.

Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Pursue your research studies with a pioneering group in analysis-based research and make a valuable contribution to scientific understanding and techniques in the forensics field. PhD candidates are encouraged to take an active role in the School's research community in areas of crime scene and evidence, forensic analysis and genetics.

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