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BSc (Hons)
Criminology

Switch on your academic and criminological imagination by studying Criminology with us. We focus on an interdisciplinary approach using sociology, social policy and criminological psychology and examine the criminal justice system.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: M930

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

We offer a degree which examines crime from multiple perspectives to understand its impact on individuals and society.  On this course you will explore the theories, policies, processes and relationships that influence attitudes, beliefs and behaviour.

You will also develop a range of research skills that enhance your employability, such as critical thinking and data interpretation, how to evaluate evidence and write reports, presenting reasoned arguments and making ethical judgements.

What will this course cover?

Our modules are cutting edge and cover issues in contemporary society such as Radicalisation, Media and Crime and Disability in the Criminal Justice system.

Our teaching team is research active and committed to high student satisfaction within a clear underpinning theoretical framework.

The personal tutor system helps us support you and develop your professional identity and confidence. We also identify  visits and trips to academic and criminal justice related events to complement your studies.

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Our teaching team is research active across a range of areas related to Criminology. We deliver at a variety of conferences and work with outside agencies and bodies.

We use different teaching and assessment strategies together with, where relevant, input from outside speakers. We recently had some guest speakers come in to speak with our current students regarding career prospects.

You may also go on trips relevant to your modules and attend academic talks to further enhance your studies. Recently our current students have benefitted from visits to academic conferences in London, the Supreme Court and Central Criminal Court in London as well as Bullingdon Prison in Buckinghamshire.

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Year One

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Police, Crime and the Media
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Making Sense of Society
  • Social Policy and Society

Year Two

  • Research Methods
  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Forms of Crime
  • Knowledge of Policing
  • Issues in Criminology: Discrimination
  • Contemporary Criminology
  • Gender and Sexuality in Society
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Migration

Year Three

  • Cybercrime
  • Radicalisation and Terrorism
  • Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Globalisation and Social Change
  • Dissertation
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Communication, Interaction and the Criminal Justice System
  • Victimology
  • Interpersonal Violence
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What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applications will also be considered from those who have gained relevant skills through vocational qualifications or from mature applicants with experience of work-based responsibility and of self-directed learning.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

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What are my career prospects?

Criminal justice is a growth employment area and graduates will find themselves well qualified to pursue a range of related careers.

The police, prisons and probation service are perhaps the most popular employment channels, but criminological knowledge, awareness and experience are valuable in a range of government areas including the Home Office. Alternatively, you may choose to work in the private security sector.

You’ll also have the opportunity to further your criminology studies at postgraduate level.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.


The course tutors are always finding new ways to introduce information in fun and creative ways. With such well qualified and passionate academics it's easy to see why so many people enjoy studying here.

Looking around Universities is daunting, but when I first came to view Bucks New University I was really taken by the dedication, friendliness and excitement of all of the team showing you the University. The friendly atmosphere is contagious!

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The lecturers treat the students not as numbers, but as people. They are always there to give us support and direction. They always encourage us to achieve the best we can and apply what we learn to real life.

Della Harrison

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