University of Essex Online today announces the launch of a new Postgraduate Certificate programme in Policing and Criminal Investigation. This programme is 100% online and part-time and is to be validated by the University of Essex.

During the 8-month certificate programme, students will discover the wide-ranging techniques used to investigate major crimes, such as homicide and sexual assault, while also critically reviewing effective police leadership and partnerships. The course also has a strong focus on the role of psychology in supporting criminal investigations and policing.

The course content and materials have been created by tutors with considerable academic and professional senior policing and investigative experience, enabling students to develop an in-depth knowledge of contemporary policing, criminological and psychological theory and social policy.

Upon completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to progress on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology and a full Masters in Criminology and Criminal Psychology.

Dr Michael Lewis, Head of Criminology, said: “This new programme is an exciting addition to the current suite of postgraduate criminology degree programmes already offered by University of Essex Online. This short, 100% online course is perfect for students interested in discovering how policing and criminal investigation works, or those who are attracted to a career in the field of policing or investigation. Or if you are already working in policing or investigation, then this programme is valid CPD and will enhance your knowledge and career prospects.”

The first start date for the course will be in February 2018, with more planned at regular intervals throughout the year.

Students at University of Essex Online study entirely online using a virtual learning platform, receiving high-quality resources and support from experienced tutors. This allows students around the world to discuss and debate key issues within their disciplines, discover specialised areas/or applications of theories and build working and social relationships with classmates.

For more info, visit the PG Cert Policing and Criminal Investigation page.


About University of Essex Online

University of Essex Online offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses online to both UK and international students, enabling them to benefit from a flexible approach to study while maintaining the quality and support of a top UK university. Courses are delivered by Kaplan Open Learning (Essex) Limited, an experienced online learning provider.

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Caroline Bluemel

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