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.

lanchester library entrance


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

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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023