• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Six Years
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

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.

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.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: M930

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.

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.

Course Modules

Module Map

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

  • Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime
  • Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
  • Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
  • Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment

Year 2 Modules

  • Police Crime and the Media
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Policy and Society
  • Policy in Context

Year 3 Modules

  • Forms of Crime
  • Knowledge of Policing (optional)
  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
  • Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)
  • Race Ethnicity and Migration (optional)
  • Employment and Volunteering (optional)

Year 4 Modules

  • Research Methods
  • Issues in Criminology: Discrimination
  • Contemporary Criminology

Year 5 Modules

  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Communication, Interaction and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
  • Cybercrime (optional)
  • Radicalisation and Terrorism (optional)
  • Disability & Mental Health in CJS (optional)

Year 6 Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Victimology (optional)
  • Interpersonal Violence (optional)
  • Globalisation and Social Change (optional)
  • Personal and Professional Development (optional)
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)

Fees

How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, September 2019: £4,650 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
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

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

Employability

What are my career prospects

Our Criminology programme is a grounding board for entry in to probation; the course at Bucks covers the requisite modules for probation entry, and for postgraduate study in Social Working.

Recent graduates of Criminology have secured employment in probation, national security, the police force, and cyber crime and prevention, as well as undertaking postgraduate study in Law.

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 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!

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