Minor in Policing

UCAS code: Your UCAS code will be the code of your Major.

Available for students starting in September 2018.

The nature of policing has changed dramatically, both in recent years and since the inception of the police service in England and Wales. Policing has become increasingly complex and contested in recent years; there are ongoing pressures for financial, structural and organisational reform, and understandings about the role and function of the police have become increasingly contested. By studying this Minor you will have the opportunity to engage with these debates and to explore key aspects of policing theory, policy and practice. 

In recent years, the role of the police within the wider criminal justice system has also become more complex and fragmented. Therefore, gaining an understanding of how policing fits into the wider criminal justice system is essential. The Minor equips you with an understanding of criminal justice from the perspective of victims, offenders and practitioners so that we can identify how the police can perform their role effectively within an evolving landscape. 

The Minor offers you the opportunity to engage with a wide range of critically important and contemporary debates, including: criminal investigations; the policing of terrorism; police corruption; and the modernisation of policing, among others.

By undertaking the Minor in Policing Studies you will be joining the Department of Criminology, which is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research on crime, criminality and justice. The Department is home to some of the UK’s leading experts in criminology, meaning that you will benefit directly from world class research which underpins our teaching programme.

The Careers Development Service and Criminology work together to ensure that you boost your employability prospects and harness a range of skills which you acquire throughout your degree. All students will have the opportunity to participate in the Criminal Justice Insights and the Criminal Justice Fast Track, which will enable you to gain volunteering experience, enhance your CV and develop transferable skills.

Year 1

Your first year provides you with core foundational knowledge regarding the criminal justice system (via the 30-credit Criminal Justice in Action module). You will learn about the key agencies involved in delivering criminal justice (including the police, courts, prisons and probation), and you will explore the key historical developments that have shaped the system of criminal justice that we have today. This will provide you with an understanding of how policing fits within the wider criminal justice system.


Year 2

The second year gives you an in-depth understanding of criminal justice from an offender’s perspective. You will gain an understanding of the various ways that we respond to people who break the law, and approaches taken to rehabilitate them. This is of importance from a policing perspective, as it will equip you with a deeper understanding of the individuals that the police work with, and the various ways that the police can help to support the rehabilitation process.


Year 3

You will spend your final year examining the development of policing in contemporary society, exploring the frameworks for policing in England and Wales and analysing the evolving nature of police work. . Critical issues and challenges relating to contemporary policing will be explored in-depth, and you will be able to engage with key debates about the role and function of policing in today’s society.


  • Policing (double module)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this minor.

Teaching and assessment

The modules you take are taught using a combination of ‘traditional’ lectures and seminars, as well as more contemporary virtual learning environments. Lectures provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to study the subject area, while the seminars give you the opportunity to discuss key ideas with your peers and your seminar leader. The virtual learning environments, which include podcasts, webinars, online discussion forums and audio/visual learning aids, give you the opportunity to explore the subject area at your own pace and offer an alternative approach to learning and teaching. Your learning experience is enhanced by the combination of these teaching methods and this ensures that you have the opportunity to study in a variety of ways.

Our assessment strategy allows you to develop a range of academic and transferable skills throughout your course. You may be assessed through written reports and essays, exams, group work and oral presentations.

Now choose your Major

On a Major/Minor degree you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case Policing).

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