University of Gloucestershire Criminology

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University of Gloucestershire Criminology

University of Gloucestershire Criminology

Criminology (BSc Hons)

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Explore the application of criminology through fieldwork

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Our course has an applied focus, with opportunities to work with the police and to investigate. You’ll engage with the everyday experiences of dealing with crime: the impacts on the victim, the implications for society, forensic investigation, policing in the community, the workings of the criminal justice system, and approaches to preventing and deterring criminal behaviour. Explore the causes and implications of different types of crime, including environmental crime, homicide, terrorism, organised crime, domestic violence and crimes against humanity.

You’ll investigate mock crime scenes, collecting and analysing evidence and discovering how it is presented in court.  You will have access to a forensic interviewing suite and  virtual reality equipment to study issues such as the  reliability of eye-witness testimony. Our lecturers include a leading expert who advises the police on domestic violence and homicide and makes regular media appearance including BBC One’s Panorama.

In their first year, our students study the relevance of criminology on a GB-based residential field week.  Later you can choose field-week modules that will take you to Belfast, where you will explore how restorative justice is helping to rebuild broking communities, or to Canada where you will learn about different criminal justice systems.

You can also develop real-world skills through work experience. Some students currently work with Gloucestershire Police, the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Gloucester City Safe. You can gain credit from these experiences towards your degree.  Join our Homicide Research Group to analyse homicide risks, or help the police tackle anti-social behaviour by volunteering for our Student Community Patrol

Study style

Alongside lectures and seminars, you will learn through teamwork activities, mock crime scenes, and research projects.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don’t meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours – 3 years full-time M900


To develop your skills for employment you can complete a short internship in the workplace. Our graduates progress into a range of roles for the police, prison service, youth service, community and victim support organisations.

Criminology (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

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Focus on the themes that interest you the most

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The MSc in Criminology is suitable for students for students wishing to extend their knowledge and skills gained in an undergraduate degree in a social science discipline. The course is built around modules that examine specialist themes including violence, homicide, stalking and sexual offences. Each theme builds on the research expertise of tutors and the contributions of a wide range of practitioners drawn from the police and criminal justice agencies. Individual modules can also be undertaken as continuing professional development (CPD).

The course benefits from strong staff and students links with a wide range of bodies which offer opportunities for collaboration including: Gloucestershire Constabulary; the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire; Restorative Gloucestershire; charities providing support and training around domestic violence, homicide, stalking and sexual offences; and community organisations active in crime prevention and reduction initiatives.

There is an emphasis on professional skills and evidence-based practice which provides opportunities for continuing professional development for practitioners wanting to sample individual modules or achieve a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.

Typical Modules

  • Applied Criminology
  • Work-based Research Project
  • Public Protection
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Restorative Justice
  • International Security
  • Issues in Sexual Offending
  • Dissertation

Study style

You will focus on developing practitioner skills, and your assignments will require the application of advanced subject knowledge to activities which match challenges in the workplace. You will be encouraged to use employment or volunteering experience as the basis for projects and the dissertation. Your assessments will include coursework, exams, crime scene investigation, case files, projects, presentations, posters, seminar discussions and your dissertation.

Typically this course is taught over two days for full-time and one day for part-time. In 2016/17 contact days were Tuesday and Wednesday; we do not envisage this changing for 2017/18 but timetabling is still subject to confirmation.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent
  • Or professional experience
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


Fees – 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Masters £6000
Postgraduate Diploma £4000
Postgraduate Certificate £2000
Non-EU Students
Masters £13500
Postgraduate Diploma £9000
Postgraduate Certificate £4500

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.


  • police officer, police staff, youth justice, prison service, diversionary schemes
  • victim support organisations
  • crime analyst in private or public sector organisations
  • housing, community development, and work with ex-offenders