BSc (Hons) Criminology

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Six Years
  • Start Date: September 2023

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We offer a degree which examines crime from multiple perspectives to understand its impact on individuals and society. On this course you will explore the theories, policies, processes and relationships that influence attitudes, beliefs and behaviour.
You will also develop a range of research skills that enhance your employability, such as critical thinking and data interpretation, how to evaluate evidence and write reports, presenting reasoned arguments and making ethical judgements.
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Why study this subject?

There are almost 80,000 people in prison in the UK and men are 22 times more likely to be in prison than women ( But who commits crimes, why do they commit them, what is the impact, and how do we prevent them?  Studying Criminology involves investigating all these questions and how they relate to wider society.

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 with equip you with the skills for a rewarding and successful career.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

The eclectic programme team is committed to promoting a transformational learning experience with and for you, that facilitates the development of knowledge and understanding, skills, personal attributes and capability associated with employability and citizenship.

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 a good leader. Our modules and teaching will help you to become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

The personal tutor system we operate helps us to support you and develop your professional identity and confidence. We also identify visits and trips to academic and criminal justice related events to complement your studies.

What facilities can I use?

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.

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

What will I study?

BSc (Hons) Criminology is a subject that focuses on human theories and concepts. The programme emphasises the diversity and ambiguity of the ‘real world’ by drawing upon a variety of contexts in which both crime and social life are discussed.

Our modules are cutting edge and cover issues such as crime, criminals, criminal behaviour, corrections, human social behaviour, origins, organisation, institutions and development of human society. These issues are all discussed in a scientific framework that supports you through appropriate levels of study. Criminological theories are applied throughout the degree.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

Our teaching team is research active across a range of areas related to Criminology. We deliver at a variety of conferences and work with outside agencies and bodies. We are also committed to high student satisfaction within a clear underpinning theoretical framework.

We use different teaching and assessment strategies together with, where relevant, input from outside speakers. We recently had some guest speakers come in to speak with our current students regarding career prospects.

Assessment methods will include:

  • case studies
  • essays
  • annotated bibliographies
  • evaluative summaries
  • examinations
  • dissertation.

BSc (Hons) Criminology Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

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.

Year 1 Modules

Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime

Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment

Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination

Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World

Year 2 Modules

Media, Communication and Society

Criminal Justice Process

Policy and Society

Policy in Context

Year 3 Modules

Forms of Crime: Crimes of the Powerful

Forms of Crime: Crime in Late Modernity

Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)

Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)

Race Ethnicity and Migration (optional)

Knowledge of Policing (optional)

Employability and Professional Development (optional)

Year 4 Modules

Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists

Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists

Issues in Criminology: Discrimination (optional)

Contemporary Criminology

Year 5 Modules

Comparative Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Policy

Communication, Interaction and the Criminal Justice System (optional)

Cybercrime (optional)

Radicalisation and Terrorism (optional)

Disability & Mental Health in CJS (optional)

Year 6 Modules


Applied Dissertation (optional)

Victimology (optional)

Interpersonal Violence (optional)

Globalisation: Issues and Debates (optional)

Globalisation: Living in the later modern world

Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)

Personal and Professional Development (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£5,100 per year

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?

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; the course at BNU covers the requisite modules for this. Recent graduates have secured employment in:

  • Probation
  • National security
  • The police force
  • Cybercrime and prevention.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.

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