Subject exemption and year entry

BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation


Course Description

This course focuses upon key elements involved in the Criminal Justice System – Criminology, Policing and Forensic Investigation. The interdisciplinary field of criminology explores topics such as the study of offenders, victims and the motivations for crime. The policing modules study the powers of the police, how crimes are investigated, the role of police in society and contemporary issues that are associated with the role and actions of law enforcement agencies. The scientific investigation of crime explores the role of science in the investigative process, its accomplishments, complexities and issues affecting justice.


This degree embeds academic, professional and transferrable skills that will equip students for their future careers with dedicated support and opportunities to gain valuable work experience in the wider criminal justice field.


The course utilises both theoretical and practical methods to provide authentic learning experiences such as the investigation of crime scenes, police interviewing and giving evidence in Court.


These key elements provide a valuable and insightful overview of the workings of the justice system and assist in preparing students for the future as well as providing global perspectives and networking opportunities to enable students to experience criminal justice across the globe.



Course Aims

The aims of the course is to:

  • Equip students with systematic and comprehensive knowledge of criminology, policing and forensic science;
  • Critically explore the roles of criminology in understanding crime and criminal behaviours, police in society and contemporary issues in policing, and forensic science in the investigative process;
  • Provide authentic learning experiences for students to gain practical skills for work in the criminal justice field;
  • Embed transferrable academic and professional skills that equip students for their future careers in the criminal justice field; &
  • Critically engage students in global perspectives to enable students to broaden their knowledge in criminal justice across the globe.





Programme Leader: Dan Yu





About the University of West London

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**Guardian University Guide 2023

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^The National Student Survey 2022

  • Number 1 in the UK for student satisfaction and student voice - from the average of all scores in the survey.
  • Number 1 in the UK (excluding specialist institutions) for academic support - from the average of all scores in the survey.





Study Mode

Full time / Part time



Registration Number




Details of qualifications register record

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Registration Validity Period

01/09/2019 - 31/08/2025






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