During this degree, you'll be introduced to a range of different ways to study the police, policing, crime and other forms of control. Key issues relating to the police, crime, punishment and the wider social, cultural and economic context of these phenomena are explored at a national and international level. This programme will provide you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of policing and to develop your practical, critical and analytical skills and attributes.
A variety of different approaches to teaching and learning are utilised and guest speakers and visits are organised where appropriate. There will be input from Police Scotland at a range of points in the course.
The breadth of this degree provides our graduates with a range of key skills relating to employability. At the same time, the focus on the police allows for specialisation in important areas of crime and justice. In terms of the compulsory modules, the following are what will be covered:
Introduction to Sociology 1
Understanding Social Science research
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to policing: theory and practice
Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems in the UK
Policing in contemporary society
Youth, Crime & Deviance
Crime control and policing
Violence & Society
Researching Social Sciences
Punishment and Penology
Preparing for the Honours Project
Comparative and International Criminology
The Honours Project
Optional modules include digital forensics, criminal law, legal systems and skills and leadership in a changing environment. Note that the mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study. Please contact the programme leader, Dr Andrew Wooff, for more details.
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
Minimum year 1
Typical Entry Requirement
BBBB including English or literary subject*
National 5 C in Maths.
Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement
BBCC including English or literary subject* at grade B
National 5 grade C in Maths.
You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.
BCC including English or a literary subject*
GCSE grade C/4 in Maths.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Pre-2017 Grading System:
Grades B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including English or a literary subject*
C2 at Ordinary Level in Maths.
New Grading System:
Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level including English or a literary subject*
O4 at Ordinary Level Maths.
BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3
Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Health & Social Care, Applied Science (Forensic Science) or Public Services.
GCSE grade C/4 in Maths.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including English or a literary subject* at minimum grade 5.
4 points in SL Maths.
Pass HNC Social Science with B in the graded unit for year 1 entry.
National 5 Grade C in Maths also required.
Accepted literary subjects
*Modern Studies, History, Geography, Psychology and Sociology
Minimum year 2 - Not Available for 2018 entry
Pass HNC Police Studies with A in the graded unit for year 2 entry.
National 5 C in Maths.
Minimum year 3
Not Available for 2018 entry
Pass HND Police Studies with Grades AB at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.
English language requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.
Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.