Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

The Open University

Program Description

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

The Open University

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

If you’re fascinated by the relationship between social welfare and crime control, and why people engage in criminal behaviour, this diploma is for you. It explores issues such as antisocial behaviour, surveillance, security, social justice, social welfare and environmental degradation. You’ll learn how to construct and analyse arguments; use published work across a range of issues; understand the contexts for statistical information; and apply concepts and ideas to the real world.

Key features of the course

  • Develops a broad understanding of a range of psychological and criminological theories and topics
  • Investigates the issues behind the news headlines and public debates
  • Enhances your employability
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Educational aims

This is an interdisciplinary diploma that will provide you with an introduction to the social sciences but will focus on advancing your understanding of criminology and psychology.

The qualification will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • understand and apply social science concepts and theories to complex areas related to criminology and psychology
  • develop an understanding of the relationship between criminology and psychological explanations of behaviour
  • acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence to move to OU level 3 study
  • develop professional and practical skills that can be applied to further learning and the world of work.


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 £10,528 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 4 years
  • Full time – 3 years
  • Time limit – 12 years

Career relevance

This diploma is particularly relevant to a career 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.

In addition, the psychological skills you’ll develop will be valuable to occupations in many other sectors, including: education, health, human resources, management, social services, advertising, and career counselling.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. 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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3 - 12 years
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