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Open University Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychology
Open University

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychology

Online United Kingdom

2 Years


Full time, Part time

05 Sep 2024

Oct 2024

GBP 14,544 *

Distance Learning

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


Criminology and psychology help make sense of crime, criminalisation, criminals and victims. This qualification will provide you with a critical understanding of these subjects. As your understanding develops, you'll question your own beliefs about crime and harm. You'll look beyond criminal acts and human motivations to examine the social conditions in which crime occurs, the exercise of power in response to crimes, the nature of conflicts when people interact (individually, in groups or as nations) and how and why societies determine what they will and won't tolerate.

Key features

  • Helps you understand how criminology makes sense of crime, harm, social conflict, victimisation and criminal justice
  • Develops your understanding of how psychology helps explain human interaction, conflict, criminalisation and victimisation
  • Builds critical, analytical and communication skills through an original approach to teaching criminology and psychology
  • Enhances your employability in vocational areas, such as the criminal justice system and various social services.


Our qualifications are as accessible as possible, and we have a comprehensive range of support services. Our Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychology 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
  • Online tutorials
  • Group-work

How long it takes

  • Part-time study - 4 years
  • Full-time study - 2 years
  • Time limit - 12 years

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