Criminology and Forensic Investigation

Studying Criminology or Forensic Investigation could pave your way to a career in criminal justice, crime prevention, policing or forensic psychology.

  • We are ranked No.1 in the Midlands for career prospects for Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2021.
  • We have excellent current professional links with employers including the police, HM Prison Service and Positive Youth Foundation.
  • Our ‘Crime scene to court’ approach has been praised by accrediting body Skills for Justice, and our Forensic Investigations course has achieved its Quality Mark.
  • We aim to organise regular guest lectures, which have covered topics including policing and mental health, and representing victims of sexual abuse.
  • You will have opportunities to participate in exciting field trips abroad*. Recent field trips have included visits to New York, South Africa and Berlin.

Our Criminology and Forensic Investigation facilities

Community houses

Community houses

Forensic investigation students can practise techniques in crime scenes recreated in our community houses (located in the Alison Gingell Building) to build forensic evidence and records, and oversee investigations.

mock prison cells

Prison cells

Our Criminology and Forensic Investigations students can use our mock cells to experience the practical aspects of life in prison.

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The library offers a team of dedicated academic liaison librarians who provide specialist help and support. You’ll also have access to subject specific databases of journal articles related to criminology and forensics.

More than a course

    • Facilities, shows or events mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Please check individual course pages for specific details regarding what facilities, shows or events are available for each course.
    • Please note that any opportunities or experiences referred to on this page may be subject to additional costs (for example travel, visas and accommodation), competitive application, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements.
    • Staff may be subject to change.
    • The majority of our courses are formally recognised by professional bodies. This means that the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams.
    • Accreditations and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. If the accreditation of any of our courses change, we will notify applicants and students as soon as possible. Please check the relevant course web page for up-to-date information on the current status of individual course accreditations.
    • The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with government and public health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
    • Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
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Clearing 2022

If you don't meet the requirements to apply for a course this September you could consider applying through Clearing or Adjustment. Clearing is your opportunity to study a subject you love at Coventry University.

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