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Open University BA (Honours) in Social Sciences (Criminology)
Open University

BA (Honours) in Social Sciences (Criminology)

Online United Kingdom

3 Years


Full time, Part time

05 Sep 2024

Oct 2024

GBP 21,816 *

Distance Learning

* total cost; part-time at a rate of 60 credits is £3,636 per year


This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social science and sociology, giving you a firm grounding in the knowledge and ideas that are central to the social sciences. For the other half, you’ll learn how criminology helps us make sense of a range of issues related to crime, social conflict, criminal justice and criminalisation. Upon completion of your degree, you’ll be able to apply criminological and social theories, analyse a variety of evidence including statistical data, present arguments, write clearly and conduct your research – opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.

Key features

  • Specialise in criminology within a broad interdisciplinary social science degree.
  • Explore real-world problems focusing on cutting-edge, topical and often contentious criminological and social issues.
  • Gain a degree directly relevant to careers within the criminal justice system and other organisations concerned with crime and social justice.
  • Enhance your employability with valued skills, including analysing and evaluating evidence, and communicating specialist ideas and information to different audiences.
  • Offers the option to complete a dissertation in the final stage.


Our qualifications are as accessible as possible, and we have a comprehensive range of support services. Our BA (Hons) Social Sciences uses a variety of study materials and includes the following elements:

  • Online study – most modules are online; some have a mix of printed and online material. Online learning resources could include websites, audio/video, and interactive activities
  • Pre-determined schedules – we’ll help you to develop your time-management skills
  • Assessment in the form of short-answer questions, essays, and examinations
  • Feedback – continuous assessment includes feedback from your tutor and using this to improve your performance
  • Finding external/third-party material online
  • Online tutorials
  • Group-work

How long it takes

  • Part-time study - 6 years
  • Full-time study - 3 years
  • Time limit - 16 years

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