Entry 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.

How much time do I need?

  • This qualification can only be studied part time due to the current availability of the modules.
  • You'll complete 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
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How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost in England?

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 are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If, like most OU students, you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you'll take six years to complete an honours degree.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £3,096*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,192*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £18,576*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2021. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.


Skills for career development

In addition to enhancing your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of criminological topics, this degree will enable you to acquire and develop an array of transferable employability skills that are highly valued in the world of work. Among other things, you will learn how to:

  • solve problems by thinking critically and creatively
  • write for different audiences and for different purposes
  • work independently and in groups
  • create and communicate coherent arguments
  • utilise various IT software and digital platforms to search for and present information
  • interpret qualitative and quantitative data to make sense of the world around you.

Career relevance

This degree is relevant to a wide range of career paths, some of which are listed below. Some relate directly to criminology, while others draw upon the transferable skills that you will acquire throughout the qualification. Successful graduates may also progress to specialist masters courses. While this degree does not guarantee entry to the career fields listed below, it may improve access, increase your employability, and enhance your prospects of career progression.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice. This includes online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree):

  • youth worker
  • victim support officer
  • police officer
  • probation officer
  • prison officer
  • social researcher 
  • community development worker 
  • social worker
  • civil servant
  • teacher 
  • voluntary or third sector work with communities, victims, vulnerable populations 
  • work within human rights and other advocacy NGOs 

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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 13/08/2020
Credit transfer: apply by 17/12/2020

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