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MSc Rural and Environmental Crime and Policing

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
By studying our MSc in Rural and Environmental Crime and Policing, you’ll benefit from working with academics who have extensive experience in policing and are involved in the latest research into rural and environmental crime.
Throughout this distance-learning course, you enhance your knowledge of this area within policing and build your management, strategic and project management skills required to lead others. 
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Fees and funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

With growing public awareness and concern about rural and environmental crime, and how to mitigate it, there is increasing demand for specialist practitioners in this field.

Whether your interest is in an enforcement or compliance capacity, a master’s degree in rural and environmental crime and policing will equip you with the skills and insights to help you prevent this multi-faceted form of offending and to tackle it when it happens.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Throughout the distance-learning course, you will learn from skilled lecturers within the School of Aviation and Security who have a high level of working knowledge based on industry experience. Our tutors will give you the both the legislative knowledge and practical skills needed to help you with real-world enforcement and management of teams.

We offer students a supportive and flexible environment in which to develop and be able to apply this with confidence in their workplace. Whilst the course primarily consists of distanced-based learning, we do bring all students together at our High Wycombe campus for a dissertation workshop and our annual research colloquium. When away from campus, our Virtual Learning Environment meaning that students who are often deployed to remote areas have a comprehensive student experience, combined with a flexible approach to tutoring sessions.  

As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free. Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s alumni community giving you access to a wide range of benefits throughout your lifetime.

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What will I study?

This course will help give you:

  • a solid base of knowledge of the law relating to rural and environmental crime – areas of focus include: theft from farms and hare coursing; modern slavery and organised crime in the rural setting; heritage crime; environmental offences (e.g. fly-tipping)
  • an understanding of the practicalities of that law, and how it is applied in different enforcement or compliance situations
  • specialist subject knowledge in the area of rural and environmental crime that most interests you.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Designed as a flexible learning programme, you can study this course alongside your work or other commitments.

Teaching is primarily delivered through online lectures, supported by linked seminars. Online lectures include a mix of direct teaching from an academic and recorded interviews with subject experts. Seminars will develop the topic further through lecturer set online tasks that students will undertake independently.

Students will be able to have one-to-one support with the course team through our Virtual Learning Environment, as well as by email and telephone. Outside of the above, students are expected to undertake self-directed study which is essential for distance learning elements of this programme; typically, this will involve reading, using our online library resources, and completing coursework assignments.

Prior to embarking upon dissertation work, students will be encouraged to attend a two-day workshop. This workshop is designed to develop the skills and techniques required to conduct primary research and produce an original dissertation. Students will also be expected to attend an annual research colloquium where second year students will each make an assessed presentation of their research at the mid-point of their dissertation work. Dissertation work is supported through regular virtual meetings between the student and their allocated supervisor.

The assessments range from written assignments, presentations and reports to project and portfolio work.

Useful Documents

MSc Rural and Environmental Crime and Policing Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Entrants to the programme will normally have an honours degree or equivalent. Recent graduates would generally have achieved an upper second class honours degrees in any field.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency to IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who are working for the police or other organisations with prevention or enforcement responsibilities in any aspect of rural or environmental crime may qualify for entry without holding a first degree.

Applications will also be considered from those with an interest in compliance who can demonstrate relevant career experience.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Forms of Rural Crime

Forms of Environmental Crime

Rural and Environmental Law

Rural, Green, and Environmental Criminologies

Rural and Environmental Crime: Enforcement Challenges and Response

Year 2 Modules


Leading, Managing and Developing Talent (optional)

Strategic Leadership (optional)

Project Management (optional)

Organisational Resilience (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£5,350 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£5,350 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects? 

By the end of the programme, you will be in a strong position to manage and mitigate the threats posed by rural and environmental crime, be that in an investigative or a compliance role.

You will be well placed to work at a senior level in agencies with an enforcement or compliance responsibility in rural or other environmentally sensitive settings.

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