BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies

TARIFF: 88 - 112
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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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.
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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.

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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.

Placement Plus

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.

Useful Information

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies Programme Specification

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 provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. 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

Contemporary Criminology

Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists

Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists

Forms of Crime: Crimes of the Powerful (optional)

Social Justice

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


Applied Dissertation

Comparative Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Policy

Professional Forensic Practice Issues (optional)

Cybercrime (optional)

Disability and Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System (optional)

Victimology (optional)

Interpersonal Violence (optional)

Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)

Criminal Investigation Systems (optional)

Law of Evidence (optional)

Leadership and Change (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

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

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.

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. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

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