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Course content

This cross-disciplinary programme is open to students and practitioners from the investigative arena. You develop your knowledge of contemporary theory and practices in criminal investigation, relevant legislation, and information relating to criminal justice studies and criminal law. This course develops your intellectual capability and enhances your understanding of national and international criminal justice systems.

Course details

This course is inter-disciplinary by nature and offers a strong academic base and theoretical underpinning. It has a clear focus which emphasises the importance of relevant legislation, policies and practices, linking them to the overall theme exploring criminal investigation.The course includes a dissertation module which will enable you to focus on one of more aspect(s) of a criminal investigation of your choice and one, perhaps, not necessarily taught on the course.

What you study

Course structure

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Investigation of Organised Crime
  • Legal Aspects of Investigating Crime
  • Social Research Methods
  • The Practice of Major Crime Investigation

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Teaching is student-centred to develop your understanding of theory, practice and presentation. 

The programme commences with a three-day block induction period to enable you to meet staff and be introduced to the programme. You then begin a blended learning programme, which involves studying both in the classroom and independently via on-line learning.

These teaching methods offer you the opportunity to develop subject-specific knowledge and understanding, developing your cognitive-intellectual, practical-professional and generic key skills.

Your research skills are developed during the research module and further developed through the course, enabling you to conduct your research successfully towards more specialist fields of enquiry for your dissertation. 

The programme involves high levels of personal responsibility and self-direction. It requires you to work with complex knowledge, theory and concepts appropriate to postgraduate studies. On the completion of this course, you should be able to plan, manage and evaluate your own learning effectively so as to become an independent lifelong learner.

How you are assessed

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each module, either via on-line tasks or by classroom tasks, offering you feedback to assist you to develop your skills. 

This programme adopts a wide range of formal assessment methods which assists you to achieve the learning outcomes and to evaluate the effectiveness of your learning. Essays and other forms of writing are commonly used. These assess your analytical, evaluative and communication skills. Presentations allow you to demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of the key subject matter.

Seen examinations test your knowledge and information retention as well as your fluency. You are required to undertake appropriate criminal investigation-related research. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate standard of research and enquiry into a specialised area of investigation, displaying an analytical discussion of that area.


Career opportunities

Graduates are equipped to work within, or progress their existing careers in, the criminal justice institutions, such as the police, prison and probation services, other investigation-related institutions and organisations, and relevant private sectors.

Visit the Criminal Investigation MSc page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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