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

Course Overview

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.

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 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 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

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

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

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


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 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.