BSc in Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BSc in Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours)

The Open University

BSc in Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours)

Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? This degree explores a range of fascinating issues to do with crime, criminal justice and psychology – including antisocial behaviour, surveillance, security, social justice, social welfare and environmental degradation. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of a range of broader psychological and criminological theories and topics, such as how the mind works and the relationship between social welfare and crime control.

Key features of the course

  • Get to grips with the complex issues behind the headlines
  • Learn how to construct and analyse arguments and think critically
  • Understand and analyse statistical information and apply concepts and ideas to the real world
  • Increase your employability.

Educational aims

The criminology strand of this degree aims to:

  • introduce you to a social constructionist perspective in social science
  • teach you how to apply this perspective in analyses of developments in social and criminal justice policy
  • enable you to survey the shifts in criminal justice and social policy that have taken place since the late eighteenth century
  • provide you with an insight into the diverse and expanding boundaries of the discipline of criminology
  • help you to communicate and to apply your knowledge in an appropriately scholarly manner to provide a sound basis for further study at third and postgraduate level.

The psychology strand of this degree aims to provide you with:

  • an understanding of key concepts, theories, methods and debates in psychology
  • an appreciation of different perspectives within psychology and the ability to evaluate them critically
  • experience of designing, carrying out, analysing and reporting psychological research using a range of research methods.

Both strands of this degree aim to provide you with support and guidance to improve your own learning and performance and to develop as an independent learner.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 6 years
  • Full time – 4 years
  • Time limit – 16 years

Career relevance

This degree is relevant to a very broad range of careers including those within the criminal justice system, such as the police, prison and probation services, and organisations concerned with:

  • the care and resettlement of offenders
  • civil liberties
  • human rights
  • social justice
  • victim support
  • crime prevention
  • community safety
  • conflict resolution.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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