Canterbury Christ Church University
Forensic Investigation (Policing) BSc (Hons)
Canterbury Christ Church University

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22282 £22394 £25260
25-75 percentile range £19551 - £25388 £17766 - £26526 £20398 - £30716

Course Description

Take your interest in criminal justice one step further with a degree exploring the forensic investigation of crime, with a specific focus on policing.

You will be taking a step towards a career that is interesting, exciting, varied and challenging. Through this degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain an excellent grounding in the theory, processes and procedures associated with Forensic Investigation and Policing. You will study the practical investigation of crime to establish the facts and evidence that contribute to the resolution of crime by the police and the courts, and crime prevention.

You will receive a specific focus on policing which will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of the roles, functions and procedures used by the police to investigate and prevent crime.

Professional accreditation

The Forensic Investigation course adheres to and is guided by the QAA Benchmark Statements for Forensic Science, which define expectations as part of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.

Specialist facilities

The forensic facilities include a range of crime scenes, including cars, crime scene rooms, fire scenes and outside scenes, a forensic workshop and further science laboratories. A wide range of forensic equipment is housed within these areas and the facilities and equipment used depends on whether you study Forensic Investigation as a single or combined honours degree.

We have a dedicated crime scene facility containing bedrooms and a blood distribution room, a Victorian graveyard and dedicated outdoor space, two fire scenes, a forensic laboratory and five further science laboratories. We also make use of the university's Hydra suite and court room facilities to simulate giving evidence, all with relevant equipment attached.


This course is run at our Canterbury Campus in Kent. Canterbury is just 50 miles south-east of London and less than an hour by high-speed train from St Pancras. Located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site the campus offers state-of-the-art buildings, right in the centre of a vibrant and world-famous cathedral city. You’ll benefit from a campus with excellent learning and teaching resources, music venues, a superb sports centre, a well-stocked bookshop and plenty of coffee bars and places to eat. A short walk away is Augustine House our award-winning library and home to a vast range of learning resources and student support teams.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Forensic Investigation (Policing) BSc (Hons) at Canterbury Christ Church University

20% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
15% Caring personal services
10% Other Health Professionals
10% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
10% Teaching Professionals
5% Customer service occupations
5% Caring personal services
5% Therapy professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Protective service occupations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for forensic and archaeological sciences

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 5.0
    • International Foundation
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Forensic Investigation (Policing), BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Forensic Investigation (Policing) BSc (Hons)

Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

The fees above are for the 2024/25 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2024/25.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

International Tuition Fees (including EU fees): To be confirmed

Undergraduate tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

The University’s 2024/25 Overseas tuition fees for International students, and information about any mid-course increases, will be published on each course webpage. More details about International student fees and funding and any Scholarships which are available can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Canterbury Christ Church University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Canterbury Christ Church University in related subject specific rankings.


    • #56 
    • #70 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #80 
    • #99 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

See all 14 university rankings of Canterbury Christ Church University

About Canterbury Christ Church University

Founded in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has two campuses for Undergraduates, with one being located in the urban setting of the town of Canterbury, Kent and the other in Medway. Students come from afar to take this university’s STEM courses in the subjects of Medicine and Engineering, as well as their more than 200 Undergraduate courses on a wide variety of subjects.

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