Open University

Open University

Crime and Justice (F75)

This course examines constructions and reconstructions of the problem of crime, focusing critically on the behaviours which societies, increasingly, choose to criminalise. Combining a rigorous interrogation of evidence, research and theory with considerations of real-world concerns, students examine topical issues and concerns related to studies of crime, criminalisation and the delivery of justice at both local and global levels. Students encounter questions and theories of crime and victimisation; the role of power relations, social conflict and division; the use and misuse of evidence; state violence and corruption; and how to respond to global crimes. Applicants gain an authoritative and sophisticated knowledge of key concepts, theories and methods relevant to the study of crime and justice, and build their capacity to develop rational, ethical and just solutions to complex problems.

Entry requirements

To study our MA in Crime and Justice you must hold a UK Honours degree or equivalent. Although your 1st degree need not be in criminology, you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in an equivalent area, such as social sciences. The foundation module will help equip you with the skills needed for postgraduate-level study, but it does not offer remedial undergraduate training if your knowledge and/or experience are inadequate. Before you start your MA you must be able to: write accurately, clearly and concisely; read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically
classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability; understand basic statistics e.g. measures of central tendency, variance, significance and effect size; argue logically and consistently; marshal evidence to support a logical argument. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your 1st language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning - 3 years

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