• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2017

Course Overview

Do you have an inquisitive and open mind? Are you prepared for a challenge and want to make a difference? This course covers the complex nature of contemporary policing and criminology. You’ll learn to be adaptable and responsive to the everyday challenges this demanding field of work requires.

What will this course cover?

You’ll learn about modern police practice and the intricacies of the criminal justice system. You’ll look at historical and theoretical perspectives on controversial areas such as racism, sexism and accountability. Drawing largely on criminology, sociology and psychology, Police Studies gives you a broad understanding of the practice and prepares you for a career in this highly demanding field of work.

You’ll study key modules in policing, criminal law and justice, and making sense of society. The relationships between police, crime and the media will be explored and you will spend time developing a number of research methods that may prove invaluable when you enter the professional field.

As well as forms of crime and criminal justice process, you’ll cover radicalisation and terrorism, and spend time focusing on human rights and crimes against humanity.

Course Details


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 service

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 will be used typically where it is identified that practical role play type scenarios can add value to traditional classroom based learning such as understanding police processes around arrest, custody and interview.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96-112.

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

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Police, Crime and the Media
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Social Sciences & Policing Practice
  • Police, Crime and the Media

Year 2 Modules

  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Crime Prevention and Reduction
  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Knowledge of Policing
  • Police Community Support Officer
  • Policing: Concepts, Theories and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Special Constabulary
  • Forms of Crime

Year 3 Modules

  • Operational Policing
  • Police Reforms & Legitimacy
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Cybercrime
  • Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Dissertation
  • Radicalisation and Terrorism


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.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

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 an opportunity to take the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) as part of this programme for no additional cost. This module prepares 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.

Graduates may decide to further their studies at postgraduate level in Criminology, Policing or other related subjects.

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.