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MSc Criminology Communities and Disorder

Buckinghamshire New University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    High Wycombe Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Course Overview

Are you naturally curious and analytically minded? Studying Criminology will open your eyes to the problems we need to solve for society to be safer. You'll find out how we can use research methods to answer important questions and understand the criminal mind.

Most of our Criminology students have graduated from areas such as the social sciences, law and policing. However, the course is designed for anyone interested in taking the next steps towards an exciting career in Criminology.

This course also attracts professionals who want to expand their knowledge in a related field. A better understanding of Criminology is particularly useful if you work within the criminal justice system, local council or government. Examining research and theory will deal with day-to-day problems in the workplace in a more effective way.

What will this course cover?

The course reflects the latest policies and methods used within the criminal justice system. You will gain an understanding of the social causes of crime and how these issues can be effectively managed in society.

We will help develop your analytical understanding of the relationship between crime and community. Progressing to more complex issues such as social disorder and social tension, you'll see society from a range of perspectives.

Why choose this course?

Here at Bucks we have a long history of education in policing and courses designed to help manage crime in society. Our wide range of courses give real depth to our knowledge and our academic team continue to push the boundaries with new research.

Our Institute of Professional Policing is a centre of excellence, delivering police education and evidence based research in applied Criminology.

Research skills

This course focuses on social research methods and the ethical and methodological elements of conducting research. As researchers themselves, your lecturers are experts in research process and methodology. They will use their expertise and experience to help guide your studies. You'll be kept up-to-date with the latest theories and findings that influence our perspective on current events.

What are my career prospects

Criminology offers many different career paths. Jobs often involve managing members of the community in roles such as police officers, community development workers and prison governors.

However, there are also opportunities for graduates within social welfare roles supporting vulnerable members of society. You may also wish to work in areas such as mental health support and drug rehabilitation.

Other graduates continue their academic career and conduct social research to expand their knowledge in the area. This could involve working as a research assistant or completing a PhD.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

By the end of the course, we'll make sure you have all the skills you need to impress potential employers. You'll be confident in applying theory and concept to understand the management of communities.

The nature of Criminology means it is highly topical and of interest to many, therefore your study prepares you for a wide range of opportunities.

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University information

Buckinghamshire New University

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  • Campus address

    Buckinghamshire New University, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    81st out of 102

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    119 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    46 46%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.37 87%


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