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Do you have a keen eye for patterns and the smaller details? Are you intrigued by crime scenes and criminal investigations, including forensic evidence analysis?
Our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies can help you gain an understanding of the crime and the criminal justice system, and learn how to read an environment to solve a crime.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies combines studying the core areas of crime and the criminal justice system with forensic studies. It also covers core areas such as biomedical criminology, forensic analysis of Serious & Organised Crime, forensic psychology, forensic examination and anthropology.
This course looks at how forensic studies can further our understanding of criminal behaviour and crime scenes, and will give you the awareness and understanding of the social, developmental, cognitive and biological dimensions of the subject.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
The BSc (Hons) Criminology & Forensic Studies builds upon the above two key current perspectives. Forensic studies and the criminal justice context, providing you with the knowledge and in-depth understanding of all aspects of the Criminal Justice System.
You’ll benefit from our industry links with locally-based Criminal Justice settings, such as; police stations, prisons, probation and courts. During your time with us you’ll be able to access to a range of industry-visits, workshops and talks from our connections.
As well as this you’ll be taught by industry-experts who have experienced and qualified in a wide variety of highly related areas like; criminology, sociology, and policy.
On this programme, you will gain a solid grounding in criminological research methods and practice as well as current forensic thought and processes. You will also develop valuable critical thinking skills, including analytic and logical reasoning in addition to academic studies and transferable skills.
This course has been designed with inputs from industry practitioners and professional organisations to meet the requirements of the graduates in the field of criminology and forensic studies.
What facilities can I use?
During your time on this course you have access to a range of facilities to support you in your studies. This includes the use of VR technology and simulations in crime scene evidence collection and analysis of eye-tracking data in understanding focus of court-presented evidence.
As well as this you may have the chance to use our police code of practice suite which is connected to a classroom by audio and video links enabling wide student participation, observation, discussion and feedback of the various police related scenarios practiced.
What will I Study?
On this programme, you will gain a solid grounding in criminological research methods and practice as well as current forensic thought and processes. You will also develop valuable critical thinking skills, including analytic and logical reasoning in addition to academic studies.
The course uses innovative projects to help you develop different ways to learn and gain transferable work-place skills such as; group discussions, role play, presentations, videos to provide a context for use of knowledge gained in plenary sessions and in private study, case study problems, problem solving, questions and research activities, as well as the more traditional learning routes such as dissertation and reflection essays.
How will I be taught and assessed?
During your time at BNU you will you’ll benefit from a close-knit community with your fellow students, as well as support from our experienced and specialist team of lecturers who are made up of current industry practitioners and researchers.
You will also learn through:
- Lectures – classroom based teaching
- Interactive use of the VLE
- Seminars and workshops – activities are student centred
- Independent study
- Field trips
- Employment forums
- Formative assessment and feeding forward strategies
- Courtroom and crime scene simulations
- Verbal cross-examination.
You’ll be assessed using a range of innovative assessment methods. All assessments are designed to equip you with important transferrable skills and prepare you for the world of work.
BNU 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.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112
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. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime
Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment
Criminal Justice Process
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
Threat and Risk
Media, Communication and Society
Investigative Process: From Crime Scene to Court
Year 2 Modules
Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
Forms of Crime: Crimes of the Powerful (optional)
Employability and Professional Development
Introduction to Forensic Science: Pathology, Anthropology, Toxicology
Evidence in Court: Interpretation, Evaluation, Presentation
Intelligence Research and Analysis (optional)
Year 3 Modules
Radicalization and Terrorism
Comparative Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Policy
Professional Forensic Practice Issues (optional)
Disability and Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System (optional)
Interpersonal Violence (optional)
Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
Criminal Investigation Systems (optional)
Law of Evidence (optional)
Leadership and Change (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
At BNU we offer a well-rounded teaching experience, ensuring upon graduation you are ready to face the world of work. Upon leaving BNU you’ll have the relevant analytical and critical skills that will enable you to work in such fields as the Crown Prosecution Service, prisons, intelligence and crime analysis, youth offending and the legal profession.