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The structure of the degree

The scope of the Bachelor of Police Services degree is 180 credits. Contents of the degree:

  • Core and professional  studies (100 credits)
  • Training period facilitating professional competences (55 credits)
  • Thesis (15 credits) 
  • Elective studies (10 credits)

See also the curriculum for the Bachelor of Police Services degree

Study modules

Core and professional studies include the following study modules:

  • Competences supporting policing (26 credits)
  • Crime prevention and investigation competences (18 credits)
  • Public order and security competences (24 credits)
  • Competences to develop safety and security in society (32 credits)

 TThree uniformed police students at a table looking at a book together.

Competences supporting policing

After completing the studies, you are able to use the methods, tools and equipment required in daily police work correctly and safely. The study module includes driver training, physical education and training in the use of force, as well as Finnish, Swedish and English language studies.

Crime prevention and investigation competences

In this study module, you will learn about central duties of a police officer in pre-trial investigation, such as questioning and technical investigation. Other topics include the pre-trial investigation conducted with the prosecutor and the information systems used in crime prevention. Upon graduation, you have the skills to act independently as an expert in crime prevention and investigation.

Two students dressed in blue laboratory jackets in the Police University College's forensic investigation laboratory.

Public order and security competences

After completing these studies, you will be able to independently perform in specialist roles in the field of public order and security. You will become familiar with traffic safety, communications and management systems of the police, preventative actions and performing field operations. In addition, you will be able to lead patrol operations.

Competences to develop safety and security in society

After completing this study module, you will be able to apply the key legislation regulating policing with fairness in a range of situations. You will learn how to plan, assess and develop policing, as well as to work in collaboration with a range of authorities and stakeholders.

Practical training

After studying for about 1.5 years, you will start your practical training in a police department. The practical training period lasts for about one academic year, and during this period, you are appointed to a Constable Intern position. You will work in a police patrol under the guidance of a senior police officer, who will also be your partner. You will investigate crimes under the guidance of an experienced criminal investigator. In addition, you will become familiar with the licensing services of the police and participate in customer service.

A uniformed police student in a police car taking a look in the side mirror.


As part of the Bachelor of Police Services degree, you will write a thesis that might be an operational development project arising from the needs of working life or another applied study. Students will also complete a maturity test related to the thesis.

Previous theses are available for browsing in the Theseus service.

Bachelor of Police Services’ theses in the Theseus service (in Finnish and in Swedish)

Elective studies

Elective studies help you to deepen and broaden your knowledge. You can choose courses offered by the Police University College, or you can apply for courses in some other university-level study program. Elective studies can cover scientific research methods, communications, foreign languages and collaboration with stakeholders and authorities, for example.

See information about network studies in other universities