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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Law

UCAS CODE: CWAL (Full-time) or CLFY (Foundation Year)
TARIFF: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three or Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

Develop skills that enhance your employability. Learn critical skills such as data interpretation, how to evaluate evidence and write reports, present reasoned arguments and make judgements with background legal knowledge. We will build your knowledge of criminology from a range of different legal perspectives and empower you to succeed with new skills no matter your goals.


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Why study this subject?

Who commits crimes, why do they do it, what is the impact on victims and themselves, and how do we prevent them? Studying Criminology and law means investigating all these questions and gaining an understanding on the place our law has in our societies.

After graduation you could be entering a role that is providing value to society. You could be tackling crime, investigating why people break the law and improving or critiquing law and criminal policy. If you want to play a big part in keeping people safe, this could be the subject you’ve been looking for.

A degree in Criminology could lead to a career in the police, prison and probation services, the court or security services or with charities that work with young offenders. If you want to make a difference in this area, studying Criminology will equip you with the skills for a rewarding and successful career.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

If you are interested in a range of topics related to crime, BNU gives you a unique opportunity to identify your career goals and set out a clear path to achieving them.

Our university is close to London and with the capital on your doorstep, its perfect if you want to commute to university while remaining close to friends and family.

In addition to all the great benefits to choosing BNU, your Criminology course has some great benefits too, with a passionate teaching team made up of former industry professionals, with links to professional organizations that keep us up to date with the latest research, statistics and employment needs.

With opportunity to apply the skills you learn to practice; you can graduate from BNU with the skills and experience you need to succeed, as we work with our academics to provide you with what is required to fulfil national and local demand with employers.


We believe in giving you the time and knowledge to make your career choices as informed individuals. That's why we teach our criminology courses across a shared first year. We can then give you the option of choosing a course after you've got a taste of all of them. You can choose to stay on BSc (Hons) Criminology and Law or switch to BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies or BSc (Hons) Criminology, after the first year of study. 

Courses are also offered as four-year programmes, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, and are available if you didn't meet the entry requirements.

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What facilities can I use?

Our criminology degree has lots of opportunities for you to get stuck into thanks to our diverse range of facilities. You can get access to a simulated crime scene where you can learn how to collect forensic evidence or test your own research. You'll be able to use our VR system to test body reactions and reaction time, study police interviews in our interview suite and more. 

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study. 

You can also use our AppsAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. AppsAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.

What will I study?

On our course, you will be able to combine the study of criminology with the study of law. This specialism will give you the opportunity to critically examine legal aspects of the criminal justice system.

Current issues and challenges faced in this sector are all discussed within a scientific and evidence-based framework with a focus on applied actions and potential solutions. Criminological theories are therefore applied to potential practice scenarios throughout the degree, which you may encounter throughout the course of your career. 

You’ll be able to benefit from skills, experience and our knowledge from industry, as we prepare you with the confidence and ability to pursue a career in the subject you love. We will ensure you leave BNU prepared the best you can be to chase your dreams after graduation. 

How will I be taught and assessed?

Assessments vary according to modules and are designed to test your understanding of the modules. Some of the ways you will be assessed include:

  • reports
  • exams
  • presentations
  • workshops

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. 

Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers.

BSc (Hons) Criminology Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A levels, T levels, BTEC or an Access to Higher Education course in a relevant subject. Please list all your qualifications on the application form as you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.

For 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. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

This course has Opportunity modules.

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. Find out more.

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £9,250 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,150 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

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?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects?

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.

Our Criminology programme is a springboard for entry into probation and related roles in the criminal justice system, whether that’s in the police, the court, probation, prison or crime related research organisation. Some of the careers you could pursue include:

  • probation services
  • national security
  • police force
  • cybercrime and prevention
  • criminal justice
  • law and forensics

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course at BNU.

Course leader

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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Law
BSc (Hons) Criminology and Law with Foundation Year