BSc (Hons) Policing & Criminology

Undergraduate, Full-time

Policing & Criminology BSc (Hons)

We are the only Scottish University offering a full degree programme in Policing and Criminology


Our Policing and Criminology course allows you the opportunity to study a subject which is applied, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to become a reflective police officer or take on a broader criminal justice role.

The course draws on social sciences, law, computing and business modules, and aims to give you an understanding of a discipline that is evolving theoretically and methodologically. It links theory to practice and seeks to apply learning in the field. You will also have a range of inputs from practitioners throughout the course.

The course was developed with discussion and input from Police Scotland.

Two students, on placement at Torphicen Street Station, sitting across the desk from a policeman

Mode of Study:



4 years

Start date:


UCAS code:




Study Abroad:


About you
Enter first name
Enter last name

Course details

A key aim of the course is to give you the competitive edge to go on and become a police officer, should you wish. Although there are no direct routes into the police from this BSc, the programme will link with the Special Constabulary (volunteer police officers) and will have input from Police Scotland, including in the lecture content, the honours project and in placements.

Beyond the police, this course will give you an understanding of the criminal justice system, criminal and deviant behaviour and the broader social, cultural and historical foundations of contemporary criminology. You will also develop a range of research skills, which will be invaluable in developing your understanding of a wide range of social science issues throughout your career.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Lectures, tutorials, independent study

  • note and pen Assessments

    Ongoing assessments, coursework and exams

  • briefcase Work placement

    The Volunteering and Employability module in year two will be where the students are encouraged to become a Special Constable. The Getting Inside scheme will also be open to students on this programme.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    As part of this course, there is an option to study abroad through the Erasmus programme.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to Sociology 1
  • Understanding social science research
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to policing: theory and practice

With optional modules in:

  • Criminal Law
  • Computer Systems 1
  • Behavioural studies
  • Legal Systems and Skills

Year 2

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems in the UK
  • Policing in contemporary society
  • Quantitative Research
  • Youth, Crime & Deviance
  • Criminological Theory

Optional modules:

  • Volunteering and Employability
  • Business and Management Challenges Digital Forensics

Year 3

  • Crime Control and Policing
  • Violence & Society
  • Researching Social Sciences
  • Punishment and Penology

Option modules:

  • Law and Society
  • Child Protection (online)
  • Human Rights
  • Public Policy and Management

Year 4

  • Preparing for the Honours Project
  • Comp and International Criminology
  • The Honours Project (40 credits)

Option modules:

  • Victimisation & Victimology
  • Leadership in a changing environment
  • Surveillance & Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law


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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

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. For further information, see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

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 in Maths.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a relevant subject.

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/Policing Studies 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

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £12,350 £12,845
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


Facial recognition camera in use in a psychology lab in Napier University

Career opportunities include:

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Third sector worker
Police officer on visit to Edinburgh Napier University's Sighthill Campus