24 months
4860 GBP/year
4860 GBP/year
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This Crime and Justice masters degree from The Open University UK explores new perspectives and ways of thinking about crime, harm and justice. It is concerned with examining problematic areas of social life, transgression, ‘crime’, social harm and justice.

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The  Crime and Justice programme from The Open University UK  will consider the significance of power, social structure, and economic and social inequalities in understanding ‘crime’, and processes of criminalisation in local, transnational and global contexts. Studying this qualification will enhance your ability to think critically about problems of crime, social harm and the delivery of justice. 

Key features of the course

  • Develops your expertise of topics related to the investigation, exploration and contested terrain of crime, and social harm
  • Extends skills and insights regarding the criminal justice system, victim protection and support, civil liberties, human rights, security and social justice
  • Ideal preparation for work where analytical and careful decision making is required, and where initiative is valued.

Career relevance

This qualification offers knowledge that is relevant for a range of professions and careers concerned with the care of people caught up in the criminal justice system, victim protection and support, civil liberties, human rights, security, safety and social justice. 

The skills developed will be recognised by employers in all fields who value people who can communicate clearly; analyse complex information; and show initiative in formulating and critically considering and investigating questions of their own and devising innovative solutions.

You will develop skills to prepare you for work in a variety of organisations and sectors concerned with protection, safety, and harm prevention, as well as those where analytical, nuanced and careful decision making are required, and where independence and initiative are valued. This qualification will also provide you with the academic skills to further develop theoretical and empirical understandings of issues related to crime, social harm and justice.

Please note that this qualification is not suitable for students wishing to progress to PhD level study in criminology or allied disciplines.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Principles of social and psychological inquiry
  • Crime and global justice 

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold a UK honours degree (2:2 at least) or equivalent to be accepted for the MA in Crime and Justice. Your first degree need not be in criminology, but you must have the skills expected of a social sciences graduate.
  • All students will begin with the postgraduate module, Principles of social and psychological inquiry (DD801). 

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
  • argue logically and consistently
  • select and interpret evidence to support a logical argument.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4860 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9720 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4860 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9720 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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