• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2020

Course Overview

Are you naturally curious and analytically minded? Studying Criminology will open your eyes to the problems we need to solve for society to be safer. You'll find out how we can use research methods to answer important questions and understand the criminal mind.

Most of our Criminology students have graduated from areas such as the social sciences, law and policing. However, the course is designed for anyone interested in taking the next steps towards an exciting career in Criminology.

This course also attracts professionals who want to expand their knowledge in a related field. A better understanding of Criminology is particularly useful if you work within the criminal justice system, local council or government. Examining research and theory will deal with day-to-day problems in the workplace in a more effective way.

Expanding your knowledge

As you learn about the key concepts of Criminology, you'll also examine the sociological, legal and criminal justice theories used to interpret the actions of criminals and the impact on society.

You will study the events of the last 30 years to determine how social, political and cultural motions have shaped our response to recent events.

What will this course cover?

The course reflects the latest policies and methods used within the criminal justice system. You will gain an understanding of the social causes of crime and how these issues can be effectively managed in society.

We will help develop your analytical understanding of the relationship between crime and community. Progressing to more complex issues such as social disorder and social tension, you'll see society from a range of perspectives.

Why choose this course?

Here at Bucks we have a long history of education in policing and courses designed to help manage crime in society. Our wide range of courses give real depth to our knowledge and our academic team continue to push the boundaries with new research.

Our Institute of Professional Policing is a centre of excellence, delivering police education and evidence based research in applied Criminology.

Research skills

This course focuses on social research methods and the ethical and methodological elements of conducting research. As researchers themselves, your lecturers are experts in research process and methodology. They will use their expertise and experience to help guide your studies. You'll be kept up-to-date with the latest theories and findings that influence our perspective on current events.

Excellent facilities

We think it's important for you to develop your skills in a realistic setting. At Bucks, our criminal investigative suite includes a custody desk, interview room, cell and crime scene investigation room. There are also seminar rooms with live and recorded video feed. Criminology, police studies and law students use these facilities, but the criminal investigative suite is also used by Thames Valley Police and their scene of crime officers for training.

Flexible learning

As a part-time course you can fit your studies around your current employment and enjoy flexible learning. You'll immediately be able to apply your knowledge to your surroundings and see the world from a new perspective.

Course Details

What are the course entry requirements?

Students on this course have typically achieved a 2:2 or higher from one of the following areas: Criminology, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Police Studies or Criminal Justice. However, we're also interested in hearing from anyone working in a related field.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
  • Risk, Communities and Crime
  • Theorising Disorder in Contemporary Society

Year 2 Modules

  • Public International Law (optional)
  • Case Studies: Working with Communities
  • Communication, Interaction and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
  • Communities, Individuals and Disorder (optional)
  • Dissertation


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £3,800 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Criminology offers many different career paths. Jobs often involve managing members of the community in roles such as police officers, community development workers and prison governors.

However, there are also opportunities for graduates within social welfare roles supporting vulnerable members of society. You may also wish to work in areas such as mental health support and drug rehabilitation.

Other graduates continue their academic career and conduct social research to expand their knowledge in the area. This could involve working as a research assistant or completing a PhD.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

By the end of the course, we'll make sure you have all the skills you need to impress potential employers. You'll be confident in applying theory and concept to understand the management of communities.

The nature of Criminology means it is highly topical and of interest to many, therefore your study prepares you for a wide range of opportunities.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.