Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University

Criminology, Communities and Disorder

This programme aims to deepen students' understanding of the social causes of crime and how both the criminal justice system and communities intersect with issues of social order and disorder. Study aims to develop students' analytical understanding of the interrelationship between crime and communities, advancing their knowledge of the causes of social disorder and social tensions. The course adopts a strong community focus and also explores issues of disorder and social control, furthering an understanding of the causes of crime and community disintegration. On this programme, students will be able to gain a strong appreciation of the underpinning theoretical perspectives relevant to crime and social order. The course also helps improve students� knowledge of sociological, legal and criminal justice theories, related to social order and disorder. Study focuses on social research methods as well as the ethical, logistical and methodological elements of undertaking an independent piece of research.

Entry requirements

2.2 degree or above from the following academic areas: criminology, sociology, social work, psychology, police studies, community justice or criminal justice. Those working in the fields such as criminal justice, community justice, youth justice, social work, policing, probation and forensic social work and psychology social science, law will also be considered. Applicants with alternative qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Course modules

Year 1: theorising disorder in contemporary society; risk, communities and crime; qualitative research methods and analysis; advanced quantitative research methods. Year 2: case studies: working with communities; communication, interaction and the criminal justice system; communities, individuals and disorder; dissertation; public international law.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 4,600 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
High Wycombe Campus High Wycombe HP11 2JZ South East

Key information

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0330 123 2023