Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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. 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 (gov.uk) 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 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. What are my career prospects? 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.

Course details


Year one Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment Media, Communication and Society Criminal Justice Process Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World Policy and Strategy Policy in Context Year two Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists Issues in Criminology: Discrimination Contemporary Criminology Forms of Crime: Crimes of the Powerful Forms of Crime: Crime in Late Modernity Employability and Professional Development Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional) Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional) Race Ethnicity and Migration (optional) Year three Dissertation Applied Dissertation (optional) Comparative Criminal Justice Criminal Justice Policy Communication, Interaction and the Criminal Justice System (optional) Cybercrime (optional) Radicalisation and Terrorism (optional) Disability, Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System (optional) Victimology (optional) Interpersonal Violence (optional) Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional) Globalisation: Issues and Debates (optional) Globalisation: Living in the late modern world Personal and Professional Development (optional)

Assessment method

Assessment methods will include: Case studies Essays Annotated bibliographies Evaluative summaries Examinations Dissertation.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

Criminology at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS