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Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Investigation

This professional certificate course will immerse you in the law enforcement and forensic investigative processes using state-of-the-art technology, giving you valuable practical insight into real-life criminal investigations and the foundations for further study or work in the field.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: January, April
Tuition Fee: £4,624 (UK), £3,667 (International)
Location: Online

This short course will introduce you to forensic and criminal investigation, police custody, and being an expert witness at Crown Court. You’ll cover the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the entire investigative process, from arrest to conviction, giving you a first-hand look into real-life criminal investigation, and how the various personnel involved work together to achieve their common goal. Using an immersive learning environment, you’ll have the opportunity to apply theory to real-world contexts, providing you with the groundwork for further study or work in the field.

Upon completion, you’ll have gained 80 credits at level 4, and will be able to continue your studies at Arden with a HECert in Forensic and Criminal Investigation. If you already work in the field and would like to supplement your knowledge of the investigative process, the course provides you with a professional qualification that could enhance your career prospects.

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Career Opportunities

This course will support your academic and career development by providing you with insight into the investigative process and the skills to put this insight to practice. Upon graduation, you can explore roles in criminal investigation, policing, crime and intelligence, and more, such as:

  • Police community support officer
  • Crime and intelligence analyst
  • Civilian detention officer
  • Civilian investigation officer


This course is awarded by Arden University, a UK institution that has served over 50,000 students from across the globe. Arden’s courses are all designed with your success in mind and a strong focus on career-ready skills. The learning material is created with guidance and insights from industry experts, so the course itself reflects the real-life work environment and scenarios you’ll encounter after graduating.


As an institution that believes in making higher education more accessible, Arden University has recently introduced a scholarship programme for international students studying with us online.

Designed for ambitious international students like you, these scholarships allow you to benefit from significant reductions in your tuition fees.

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to receive one of Arden’s international scholarships, you’ll need to be:

  • Applying from an eligible country, either as a citizen or permanent resident of the region.
  • Applying for one of our eligible online programmes.

Programme Content

Course Modules (20 credits each)

  • Introduction to Forensic Investigation
  • Expert Witnesses: An Introduction
  • Police Custody
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Programme Delivery

Arden is dedicated to providing access to flexible learning for ambitious students from around the world. Online learning gives you complete flexibility, allowing you to fit your degree studies around any other life commitments you might have. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location and with 24/7 access to all your learning materials.


The advice I’d give to anyone thinking about studying with Arden University is to just go for it. The best thing about it is that you can fit it around your career, your lifestyle, so there’s really nothing stopping you.

Alexandra // BSc (Hons) Psychology