Criminology (R21) at Open University - UCAS

Open University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Criminology (R21)

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Course summary

Our honours degree programme in criminology focuses on cutting edge, topical and often contentious issues to do with crime and justice. You'll learn to apply research tools, and access and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data on crime, victimisation and the societal responses to them. With an appreciation of criminological theorising and evidence, you will develop the skills to understand issues of crime and victimisation from new perspectives. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the problems with conventional responses to crime and deviance. Key features of the course

  • Explore contentious issues of crime, harm and criminal justice.
  • Evaluate claims made about crime, perpetrators, victims and criminal justice.
  • Learn to critically evaluate evidence to better understand criminological problems.
  • Examine the role of both theory and research in shaping knowledge about crime and justice.
  • Explore criminological topics of your own interest in depth in the final year of study.


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. At Stage 1 you’ll study two 60-credit introductory modules – one with a focus on criminology and one with a focus on social science. Next, at Stage 2, you’ll study two further 60-credit modules exploring theories in criminology and criminal justice. Finally, at Stage 3, you’ll study the final two 60-credit criminology modules.

Assessment method

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas: Knowledge and understanding; Cognitive skills; Practical and professional skills; Key skills. The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Applicants must be aged 18 and over; there are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £21816 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £20952 Whole course
Scotland £7128 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6954 Whole course
Wales £7872 Whole course
EU £22416 Whole course
International £22416 Whole course
Channel Islands £22416 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fee information is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2025. Fees typically increase annually.
Criminology (R21) at Open University - UCAS