University of Central Lancashire: Criminal Investigation

InstitutionUniversity of Central Lancashire View institution profile
Department School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
Telephone 01772 892400
Study type Taught


Course overview - Our MSc Criminal Investigation course is designed to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need to become a professional crime investigator, or someone who’s responsible for managing serious and complex cases.

  • How to you go about solving a complex murder case? Or conducting a fraud investigation?

  • On this course you’ll develop the advanced skills and techniques you’ll need to apply when conducting a criminal investigation, including research methods, presenting information, solving problems and working independently or as part of an investigative team.

  • You’ll discover how to use develop and use the critical thinking and analytical skills required to lead teams of detectives and crime scene investigators in the investigation of serious and complex cases. With the guidance of experienced senior investigating officers and academics you will develop your competence in solving complex problems, giving you the confidence to design, plan and implement solutions to problems in major criminal investigations and be capable of analysing the potential effectiveness of such solutions.

  • You’ll also get insights into the very latest methods in criminal investigation – from exposing international human trafficking networks to managing homicide scenes.

Why study with us - Take control in our ‘HYDRA’ immersive learning suite, used by many emergency services to prepare senior officers to handle major incidents such as complex murder investigations.

  • Many of our staff are former senior investigating officers and detectives, so you’ll be learning from professionals with extensive experience in this field.

  • This course is available in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study to accommodate those currently in full-time work.

  • The course includes a diverse student group with backgrounds ranging from recently graduated students to experienced law enforcement professionals who may be returning to formal academic studies, based on the Preston Campus and around the world.

Further information This course is available in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study.


University of Central Lancashire


Founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) now has a staff and student community approaching 38,000 and 180,000 alumni. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 6% of universities in the world (CWUR 2019/20). We also have a community of around 20,000 students from over 120 countries, including 5,000 postgraduate students and 700 research students.

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