Our criminology courses are in the UK top 20, rank 3rd in the UK for course satisfaction and 7th for graduate prospects according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.
The course is designed for students who already have a Foundation Degree, HND or other qualification in a subject such as criminology, uniformed public services or criminal justice, and who want to follow a programme of study that takes specialist knowledge and skills to a level relevant for a graduate career in this area. (For those interested in a course offering a broader curriculum, the BSc Applied Social Sciences (Level 6) is also available.)
All students will follow a programme of study designed to develop your critical thinking and research skills, and you will complete an applied research project on a topic of your choice. You will also select four option modules from a list that is likely to cover topics in policing, restorative justice, homicide, sexual violence, prisons and rehabilitation, and forensic crime scene investigation. You will be supported by a personal tutor who will guide you through the programme and help you plan your next steps after graduation.
Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.
Tariff information for 2019 entry
Applicants should possess an HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation degree.
2019 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.
International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.
See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
|UCAS codes available for this subject|
|BSc (Hons) - 1 year level 6 top-up||L311|
Graduate opportunities include roles in the police service, prisons, probation and border control; victim support organisations; intelligence analysis; public authorities.
You will benefit from our professional links with a wide range of partners in the criminal justice system, and from lecturers experienced in working with the police, victims’ organisations, and prisons.
Our professional links include the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Constabulary, Restorative Gloucestershire and a range of third sector organisations working in the criminal justice sector. We often invite guest lecturers to talk about the work of their organisations, giving you a chance to consider career options.
A former police officer, Dr Monckton-Smith is a senior lecturer in Criminology. She chairs Domestic and Homicide and Mental Health Reviews and Inquiries, advises police at a local and national level, and works with stalking and homicide charities. She also works with people bereaved by homicide who may need help with police and criminal justice processes. As well as regularly speaking in the media and in public, she has written a number of books on subjects including sexual assault and murder, and forensic investigation.
Top up your existing qualification to a full honours degree
You’ll deepen your subject expertise and develop the skills of research and critical thinking expected of a graduate, so that you can compete well in the job market for graduate careers.
Benefit from a course designed around your needs
While it is possible to ‘top up’ by joining other courses, this programme has been designed specifically for students joining at Level 6 having completed a Level 5 qualification elsewhere. Other students on the course will be in the same situation and we will support you in your transition to this university so that you can achieve to your full potential.