The BA (Hons) Criminology and Law degree offers a criminal justice route, equipping you with relevant skills across two core related disciplines.
On this programme, you will gain a solid grounding in criminological research methods and practice as well as current legal knowledge. You will also develop valuable legal skills, including analytic and logical reasoning in addition to academic studies and transferable skills.
We will help you develop the multidisciplinary skills, knowledge and experience that makes you versatile and relevant for the competitive job market. You will be equipped with the knowledge required to work in criminal justice and socio-legal services, where general knowledge of the law is valuable. You will also gain the grounding required to work in the public sector; including areas such as: social and youth work; refugee and victim support; community development, advice work, and housing management. You will also be prepared to work in prison law.
Our team of tutors includes qualified lawyers and social scientists, combining backgrounds as academics and as practitioners, so they add depth and breadth to your experience of criminology and law.
With smaller, more intimate class sizes, our staff are committed to nurturing your development, helping you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: CWAL
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. 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.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Police Crime and Media
- Criminal Justice Process
- Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment
- Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime
- Criminal Law
- English Legal Systems
- EU Constitutional and Procedural Law
Year 2 Modules
- Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
- Issues in Criminology: Discrimination
- Contemporary Criminology
- Law of Tort
- Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
- Media Law 1 (optional)
- Family Law (optional)
- Law - Criminal Justice (optional)
- Gender, Sexuality and Society (optional)
- Race Ethnicity and Migration (optional)
- Employability and Volunteering (optional)
- Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
Year 3 Modules
- Criminal Justice Policy
- Media Law 2
- Cybercrime (optional)
- Radicalization and Terrorism (optional)
- Disability and Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System (optional)
- Comparative Criminal Justice (optional)
- Law of Evidence (optional)
- Intellectual Property (optional)
- Environmental Law (optional)
- Victimology (optional)
- Interpersonal Violence (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500
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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks