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BSc (Hons)
Police Studies with Criminological Psychology

Interested in crime analysis? Want to understand the contemporary issues that affect policing today? Along with studying the nature of psychology, this course will look at historical perspectives, modern day socio-political contexts and equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a range of careers within the criminal justice sector.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: L4C8

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

Designed for those interested in the criminal justice system, this course is well suited for a diversity of careers including policing, community cohesion, crime analysis, action teams and civil servant roles. Throughout this course you’ll learn to explore developments within policing and focus on the nature of psychology through psychological perspectives and criminal behaviour.

What will this course cover?
Throughout this course you’ll look at the use of psychology within the criminal justice system. You’ll focus on theoretical insights of policing together with the science of criminal psychology. This will include criminal behaviour, risk assessment, legal and forensic psychology.

You’ll study key modules in policing and criminal law, as well as exploring the various forms of psychology. We’ll spend time focusing on the psychological perspectives of criminal behaviour and learn about different forms of crime.

You’ll study a wide range of contemporary criminological issues from discrimination and cyber crime through to radicalisation and terrorism.

Building on our special relationship with Thames Valley Police, this course has been designed to turn you into a responsible, responsive and dedicated graduate ready for careers in a range of demanding fields of employment in the police and criminal justice system.

We’re fortunate to have a highly experienced campus team as well as strong links with the police force. Many members of staff have come to Bucks from senior professional posts, so you’ll benefit from their practical experience and first-hand knowledge.

Work in the police force
You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer with Thames Valley Police as a special constable or police community support officer. This is a pre-join requirement for many police forces throughout the UK.

Excellent facilities
Our Code of Practice Suite gives you a taste of the professional working environment. This includes a mock bedsit, custody desk and suspect interview room, as well as adjoining seminar rooms with live and recorded video feed.

These facilities enable you to observe and understand theory in practical scenarios played out in the Operational Policing module in the third year.

Year One

  • Introduction to Policing
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods

Year Two

  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Policing: Concepts, Theories and Practice
  • Crime Prevention and Reduction
  • Forms of Crime
  • Knowledge of Policing
  • Special Constabulary
  • Police Community Support Officer
  • Issues in Criminology: Discrimination
  • Contemporary Criminology
  • Psychological Perspectives of Criminal Behaviour

Year Three

  • Operational Policing
  • Communication, Interaction and the Criminal Justice System
  • Cybercrime
  • Radicalisation and Terrorism
  • Dissertation
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Police Psychology and the Legal Framework
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Victimology
  • Interpersonal Violence

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 240-280.

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

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

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.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

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

What are my career prospects?

You’ll be qualified for many opportunities in the wider criminal justice system. This includes roles within the police service, the prison service, the probation service, youth offending teams, drug action teams, community partnerships, the Home Office and crime analysis.

You may have the opportunity to take the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) as part of this programme for no additional cost. This module is designed to prepare candidates seeking recruitment with the police service and other related roles in the criminal justice sector, and is a pre-entry requirement for many police forces.

Our special partnership with Thames Valley Police offers you the opportunity to apply for a position as a Police Community Support Officer or Special Constable. This element of work related learning supports your academic education and will enhance your employability prospects in this sector.

You may wish to further your studies at postgraduate level to pursue a career in psychology. The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a one-year conversion course and on completion, you’ll be able to apply for Graduate Basis Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society.

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.


I came to University looking for a great life-changing experience which will not only give me life skills, but also brilliant career opportunities afterwards. So far Bucks New University has done just that.

Phil Flynn - second year

Places for this course are still available in Clearing.

Call our phone line on 0330 123 2023 or apply now

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