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  • 36 months
    Duration
Crime, justice and the workings of the law are matters that affect us all and often dominate the news. This Criminology and Law (Honours) degree at The Open University UK takes a critical and analytical view of the role and functions of the legal system, and examines its relationship with crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice.
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Overview

In this Criminology and Law (Honours) from The Open University UK you’ll explore issues such as the role and place of law in modern society, processes of criminalisation, violence, anti-social behaviour, and inequality, as well as global threats from cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations, and their implications for justice. 

You'll gain the ability to critically assess everyday understandings of crime and criminal justice, the social, political, economic, historical and ethical dimensions of law, and gain knowledge of the key institutions which make up criminal justice and legal systems.

Key features of the course

  • Get to grips with the complex issues behind today’s crime, law and justice headlines
  • Understand, interpret and apply concepts about crime and law to 'real world' problems
  • Learn the 'tools of the trade' for criminology and law
  • Have an opportunity to gain practical experience by providing members of the public with legal advice in a virtual law clinic.

Skills for career development

As well as the specific knowledge gained from studying this OU degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers. These include: analytical and problem-solving skills; IT skills; search, retrieval and interpretative skills; self-reflection skills; responding to feedback skills, and personal and career development skills. 

You will also develop subject-specific skills, such as critically scrutinising and reassessing everyday understandings of crime, law and criminal justice, as well as in-depth knowledge of key concepts in law and criminology, and the key institutions which make up criminal justice and legal systems. 

You will study two of the foundation subjects for an English Qualifying Law Degree, and develop legal research skills as well as skills of comprehension, analysis and presentation. Independently plan, study and manage a sequence of work to an agreed timetable which includes the meeting of deadlines. 

Career relevance

This degree opens up a diverse range of career paths, including:

  • advice work
  • community development
  • the crown prosecution service
  • housing services
  • human resources
  • local and central government
  • mental health support and drug rehabilitation
  • the police, prison and probation services
  • refugee and victim support
  • social research and policy analysis
  • social and youth work. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 16 years

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to criminology 
  • An introduction to law
  • Public law and criminal law 
  • Understanding criminology
  • Crime, harm and the state
  • European Union law 
  • Law, society and culture

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
  • At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.
  • Access to a computer with broadband internet access, which will be vital for online learning

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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