• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Criminology and psychology help make sense of crime, criminalisation, criminals and victims. Studying this Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours) qualification at The Open University UK provides you with a critical understanding of both subjects. You'll be able to question and develop your own beliefs and understandings about crime and harm.

About

You'll consider criminal acts and human motivations, and then look beyond them to examine the social conditions in which crime occurs, the exercise of power in response to crimes, the nature of conflicts when people interact (individually, in groups and as nations) and how and why societies determine what they will and won’t tolerate. 

Key features of the Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours) course at The Open University UK

  • Helps you understand how criminology helps makes sense of crime, harm, conflict, victimisation, criminal justice and criminalisation
  • Develops your understanding of how psychology explains human interaction and conflict and how this helps interpret crime, criminalisation and victimisation  
  • Builds advanced critical, analytical and communication skills, and takes an original approach to teaching criminology and psychology.
  • Enhances your employability in vocational areas, such as the criminal justice system and various social services.  

Skills for career development

You’ll be introduced to skills that will enable you to critically analyse everyday understandings of crime and the criminal justice system. You will also develop the skills needed to critically analyse aspects of human behaviour, and some of the principles of forensic psychology and counselling. Alongside these you will build on a wide range of transferable general skills which may further help your work or career prospects, including:

  • identifying and understanding data and information
  • analysing and assessing evidence
  • applying your learning to practical problems and issues
  • working independently
  • reflecting on your own learning
  • developing strategies to update your knowledge
  • communicating and presenting coherent arguments.

Career relevance

This degree is relevant to a wide range of career paths, some of which are listed below. Some relate directly to criminology and psychology, others draw upon the graduate skills that you’ll acquire. Successful graduates may also progress to specialist masters courses.

This degree does not provide direct entry to the career fields listed, but it may ease access and increase your employability in relation to them, and it enhances prospects for progression once you are qualified to enter them. Successful completion does not make you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) conferred by the British Psychological Society.

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
    • Intensity Flexible
    • 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:

  • Investigating psychology
  • Investigating the social world 
  • Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary 
  • Understanding criminology 
  • Counselling and forensic psychology: investigating crime and therapy 
  • Crime and justice

          English Language Requirements

          This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

          Academic Requirements

          • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
          • What you do need is a certain level of English, and to have access to the relevant technology.

          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 Applies to you

            5856 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            5856 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year 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.
          The total cost of your qualification would be £17,568.

          Funding

          Students living outside the UK aren’t normally eligible for a tuition fee loan. We suggest checking with your national government or education authority for advice on funding.

          There are a number of scholarship opportunities listed on the Scholarship Portal website.

          The site features over 1,000 scholarships listed by country, ranging from the Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Science and Engineering, to a Young Horticulturalist of the Year Award.

          StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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