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Course content

The current reforms to investigative practice are the most radical in modern history. This Masters programme allows you to develop and enhance professional practice in leading and managing investigations.

Course overview

This programme provides you with the opportunity to study leadership and management theories in the context of work-based investigative practice. The programme reflects upon current problems and future potential solutions within investigative practice and will equip you with the ability to contribute towards the future success of investigation.

This unique programme provides you with the opportunity to develop and expand your knowledge and understanding of investigations within a professional practice context whilst building your knowledge of management theory that can be practically applied to solving investigation related problems.

Our academic team and professional experts will work with you to develop knowledge, confidence and ability to deal with strategic considerations within your career and equip you to make sound and rational decisions within this complex area of investigation.
This programme will empower you to direct your own course of study, whilst working with academic tutors and professional leads. The programme is flexible enabling you to complete the course over two (minimum) years.

By the end of the course you will have a highly relevant Masters qualification. It will help you take a leading role in today’s evolving investigative processes and, through a process of critical reflection upon your current skills and advanced knowledge, empower your personal development and contribution to your organisation.

Course content

The content of the modules blend key areas of investigative management so that you gain a solid appreciation of the role and value of professional leadership and management in investigation.

Modules on this course include:
-Advanced Critical Thinking and Applied Research Skills (20 Credits)
-Professional Leadership and Decision-Making in Investigation (40 Credits)
-Advanced Investigative Management Project (60 Credits)
-Investigative Management Dissertation (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, workshops, and self-study. Assessment methods include coursework, research plan and the Masters dissertation.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound developments.

Course location
This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.

Software and technology
The University has invested in specialist software packages that facilitate rigorous social science. They include NVivo, which allows deep levels of analysis of large volumes of data, and SPSS for surveys and data mining. We also make full use of e-learning resources and our virtual learning environment.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on social science topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. Our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool enables you remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying.

Visit the Investigative Management - MA page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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