Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice Studies
Faculty of Business and LawDiscover
BA with Foundation: L430
Full time: 3 years
Foundation: 4 years
Part Time: 4-6 years
UK Fees 24/25:
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,540 (per 20 credit module)
International Fees 24/25:
Full Time: £15,200
For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:
Our Criminal and Corporate Investigation course has been designed and developed with input from leading investigation, intelligence, security and financial specialists. Throughout your criminal investigation degree studies, you will develop the necessary industry standard skills and experience to carry out professional investigations to the highest level within commercial, public or criminal justice settings.
It is essential that all investigations are carried out professionally, so our Criminal and Corporate Investigation course will ensure that you gain the essential legal knowledge and ability to conduct professional investigations whilst securing admissible evidence. The combination of practical role-play based activities and classroom teaching ensures that you are confident in your skills and knowledge, allowing you to be valuable asset to any organisation upon graduation with a criminal investigation degree.
If you are interested in a career in professional investigation, or you are an investigator seeking an academic qualification to enhance your skills, then this corporate investigation course will give you the career progression that you seek. The criminal and corporate investigation course provides you with a comprehensive introduction to key theoretical and practical issues, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to confidently undertake professionally conducted investigations.
Our Criminal and Corporate Investigation course has a wider focus than our BA Policing course, as the course modules are underpinned by national policing practices and initiatives, such as the nationally recognised, ‘Professionalising the Investigation Programme’. Throughout this criminal investigation degree, students look at a variety of investigation methods in great detail, such as interview technique, the law surrounding investigations and Cyber Crime. The real strength of the Criminal and Corporate Investigation course is that it has a strong practical element that allows you to demonstrate your skills in scenario-based investigations.
Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.
In Year 1 you will examine the underpinnings of investigative technique, in particular the criminal justice system, evidence and procedures and the theory of investigating a scene of crime.
In Year 2 you will be allowed to choose areas of interest such as Covert Investigations and Serious and Organised Crime, as well as developing your skills in criminal investigation.
In Year 3 you will be able to tackle a subject in greater depth, which may be of particular relevance to a current or future employer. You will also have the opportunity to delve deeper into areas such as internal investigations and the most up-to-date and relevant information surrounding cyber crime and identity theft.
Our BA Criminal and Corporate Investigation course is part of the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCS). The ELCS is an opportunity for members of the Armed Forces to further or expand on their education. The scheme offers support financially in a maximum of three separate financial years for higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at a Level three or above.
A typical offer to study the criminal investigation degree at UON would be:
However, we welcome international applications and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
Mature students with relevant experience as practitioners will be considered without normal entry requirements.
There are opportunities for current practitioners to gain accreditation for prior certificated or experiential learning; these will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
For information on how to apply to study criminal and corporate investigation with us, please see our How to Apply page.
The standard entry requirements for the criminal and corporate investigation degree Integrated Foundation Year are:
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2024/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
Fees quoted for the criminal and corporate investigation degree relate to study in the Academic Year 2023/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
There are no additional costs for the Criminal and Corporate Investigation course for students beginning their studies in September 2024. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.
At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.
If you join our full-time BA Criminal and Corporate Investigation degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
*UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a criminal and corporate investigation degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Criminal and Corporate Investigation we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Criminal and Corporate Investigation programme which includes a Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.
Please see our Integrated Foundation Year page for more details.
Assessments on the BA (Hons) Criminal and Corporate Investigation course are varied and consist of the following methods:
presentations, essays, assignments, skills labs, practical exercises, reports, reflective accounts and video presentations, exams and multiple choice tests, Paper based assignments are submitted electronically and are returned within four weeks.
Facilities include a moot room, a custody suite with video monitored interview rooms and a furnished flat to facilitate the scenario based exercises. The Criminal and Corporate Investigation teaching team has considerable experience in the management and investigation of serious and major crimes. We also draw from the experience of the teaching staff of both our Law and Criminology courses to enhance your experience of studying with us.
Taught sessions are now under the framework of semesters. Most modules are taught within this framework and are concentrated either between October to January or February to May. Most modules will therefore have two sessions per week, usually of two hours duration for each session, making four hours for each module.
You would be studying either three of four modules per semester.
Associate Lecturer (Criminal Justice Studies)
Criminal and Corporate Investigation BA (Hons)Discover
Our BA Criminal Investigation degree will provide a route of entry into a profession where many of the roles within the private sector are currently filled by ex-police detectives or military personnel of mature age.
The skills acquired will enable you to gain employment in a variety of professions such as managing teams in industry or commerce, roles within the public sector, the military, security or the police.
This BA Criminal and Corporate Investigation course provides an opportunity for existing investigators to gain an academic qualification that compliments their operational experience.
Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.