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Criminology and Law Open University Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The Open University


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Course summary

Crime, justice and the workings of the law are matters that affect us all and often dominate the news. This degree 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. 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

  • Registration is expected to open in March 2020 for courses starting from October 2020.

Please note, if you wish to gain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) you should select our Bachelor of Laws (Q79).

We also offer a Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Law (W52) that is the same in structure as the first two-thirds of this degree.

Course details


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 law and one with a focus on the social sciences.
Next, at Stage 2, you’ll study two further 60-credit modules exploring public and criminal law, and criminology.
Finally, at Stage 3, you’ll study two from a choice of three 30-credit law modules and complete your degree with a 60-credit criminology module.

How to apply

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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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £18,072 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6,048 Whole course
Scotland £6,048 Whole course
Wales £6,048 Whole course

Additional fee information

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