Staff Profile


Dr Martin O'Neill

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus


Profile summary

Dr Martin O'Neill is a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Investigation at CCCU within the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Policing. 

Dr ONeill currently has responsibility as Programme Director for the new BSc Criminal Investigation degree, and the University Diploma in Criminal Investigation. He heads the following modules: Criminal investigation (Professional Policing degree), Investigating Crime, Evidence relating to Crimianal Investigation and Investigative Interviewing (all level 5), major crime and investigating sexual and domestic abuse modules at level 6. 

 His research interests include all aspects of homicide investigation, investigative decision-making, investigating suspicious deaths, major crime reviews, and threat to life.

 Dr ONeill has the following qualifications:

LLB (law degree), LLM (master in law), MSc (research), MA (Education), PhD, PGCE. PGCAP, and is now FHEA

His PhD (2011) is entitled: “What makes a successful volume crime investigator?”

He supervises both Masters and PhD students and has experienced supervisor status. 

Research and knowledge exchange

Dr ONeill currently has supervision for Masters Students and a PhD student

He is currently conducting research into an Advanced Detective Programme undertaken by Kent Police officers between 2003 and 2008, fast track detective scheme, and the direct entry detective scheme in the Metropolitan Police.

Teaching and subject expertise

See profile for subject matter expertise. Dr ONeill currently has responsibilities in the following areas:

Programme Director:

Criminal Investigation BSc

University Diploma in Criminal Investigation

Module leader:

Level 5 Criminal Investigation (Canterbury)

Level 5: Investigating Crime (Canterbury)

Level 5: Evidence (Canterbury)

Level 5: Investigative Interviewing (Canterbury)

Level 6 Major Crime Investigation (Canterbury)

Level 6: Investigating Sexual and domestic abuse (Canterbury)

External activities

Occasional lecturer (gratis) for Maidstone charity RubiconCares in areas such as sexual offences, domestic abuse and stalking.

Publications and research outputs

Tong, S, and O’Neill, M. (2019) Professionalising criminal investigation – an examination of an early attempt to support specialisation in criminal investigation.  Policing A Journal of Policy and Practice - Special Issue: Policing education: International Perspectives (JA).

O’Neill, M (2018) Modern criminal investigation from a legal comparative perspective, in Den Boer, M (Ed) Comparative Policing, Edward Elgar. (CB)

 O’Neill, M. (2018) Key Challenges in Criminal Investigation. Bristol: Policy Press (AB)

 O’Neill, M (2018) The art and science of investigation. In Milne, B, & Griffiths, A. (eds). Psychology of Criminal Investigation: Theory into Practice.(CB)

 O’Neill, M. & Jones, D. (2018)  Evidence-Based Police Training: The Bedrock of Effective Criminal Investigation, In Milne, B, & Griffiths, A. (eds). Psychology of Criminal Investigation: Theory into Practice. (CB)


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