Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Policing and Criminal Investigation

Study Policing and Criminal Investigation at LJMU and work with crime victims and witnesses to enhance your knowledge and key skills in this area. ?The MSc Policing and Criminal Investigation combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline. ?Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in policing studies and given the skills necessary to produce a successful postgraduate research project. You will work individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part in taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and/or students from other disciplines/Faculties. In addition, you will be part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Crime Prevention, GIS, People Trafficking, Public Order, Mental Health, Multi Agency and Partnership Working in the Public Sector, Computer Crime, Investigation, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, Port Security, Risk Management and Education.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core modules: •Policing in Context Gain insights into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities by exploring different perspectives that relate to policing, regulatory processes, professional values and ethics •Advanced Research Skills In preparation for your dissertation, this module introduces key epistemological and methodological issues that impact upon research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice •Advanced Investigation Skills Examine the administrative difficulties posited during a criminal investigation and the importance of investigative ethics •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 Critically explore why offenders commit acts of sexual and physical violence by examining influential theories that have been developed to aid in investigating sexual/violent offences •Investigative Interviewing Examine current practices, techniques and applications of police interviewing by being exposed to comparative international techniques in interviewing, interpretation of verbal and physical behaviour, causes of denial, deception and defensiveness •Dissertation Analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field

Assessment methods

Your tutors have a wide range of practical and academic policing-related experiences and are actively engaged in research exploring innovative topics in policing, criminal justice and research. All of this experience and knowledge feeds directly into original and thought-provoking material for all Policing Studies programmes taught in the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. The team is also committed to ensuring you get the most out of your learning experience. They are available at set office times to meet you for one-to-one consultations to discuss course-related issues. You will have a dedicated supervisor to offer expert knowledge, guidance and support as you complete your dissertation. Feedback will be available on the 15th working day after the submission date for a piece of work. That's because we believe that timely and constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further. Assessment is based on a range of research tasks and projects reflecting the skills developed by the various modules. We understand that all students have different strengths and preferences when it comes to assessments, so we use a variety of methods to assess your work structured across the academic year. Assessment methods 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. You will normally receive extensive written feedback on your assessments, and occasional verbal feedback. All feedback is designed to help you achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies, so staff will be available to discuss it with you and direct you to further support if you feel you need it.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 5,985 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 33 per Credit (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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