University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Crime Science, Investigation and Intelligence (Distance Learning)

The DL version of this course offers the same opportunity to develop holistic approaches to investigations using advances in the fields of science and technology as the campus based programme. Attendees will enhance their ability to critically evaluate and manage investigations by embracing the latest developments in investigative strategies, tools and techniques in a proven distance learning model. All applicants should apply as soon as possible to reserve a place and ensure adequate preparations are made for the start of your studies. The latest we can receive an 'on time' application (with all associated documentation) is 7 September 2015. Applications received after this date may be processed, but your course induction and start to studies may well be disrupted. On this course you can: Follow a distance learning programme with experts in this method of teaching; take up advanced study of issues of interest from your first degree in a related subject, or recent experience in investigation, intelligence or security; develop professional expertise in criminal investigation to support specialisation in this field. Students are encouraged to develop their own links with the Institute's connections to police forces in Hampshire, Surrey and London. The programme also covers a range of criminal justice issues while developing the skills to produce a portfolio of knowledge and abilities that supports career development opportunities in a wider range of careers. The course aims to enhance employability and career prospects in an area where there is a wide range of careers in investigation or intelligence work. That includes employment in a broad range of public and private sector bodies where, amongst other things, the search for best value and the need to manage risk effectively, have created many more openings for financial investigators, compliance officers and analysts.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in reading and writing components.

Course modules

There are 4x 30-credit units and a 60-credit dissertation: Research methods and research management: Study with with students on other postgraduate pathways and attend additional specialist seminars where relevant, to learn key methods and skills that ensure research activities are credible, efficient and ethical. Managing Investigations: examine theories and models of investigation, plus formulate a range of investigative strategies that recognise the importance of accurately in assessing risk and human rights compliance. Tools and Techniques of Crime Science: learn about the applied use of scientific techniques such as crime analysis and mapping, investigative interviewing and debriefing, forensic computing, crime prevention technologies and digital imagery. Managing Intelligence: covers national community safety and security strategies, strategic drivers (PESTELO), the importance of operational security and anti-corruption strategies, issues of governance and compliance, performance management, inter-agency operability and partnership working, amongst other things.

Assessment methods

Teaching is via a range of lectures, seminars and interactive sessions delivered through a distance learning model. There are likely to be a number of field trips in the programme. You'll largely be taught by ICJS staff with extensive backgrounds in policing and intelligence. Throughout the course there is explicit emphasis on professional knowledge and practice, as well as learning from and networking with others on the course. ICJS has extensive and strong links with Hampshire Constabulary, Surrey Police and the Metropolitan Police, and staff take every opportunity to exploit those links for students' benefit.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning - 2 years
MSc Distance learning - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance Learning

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 9284 8299