Research course

Social Policy and Criminology

Open University · Department of Social Policy

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK.

Months of entry


Course content

The Social Policy and Criminology discipline at the OU is recognised nationally and internationally for its distinctive approach to teaching and research. We have a vibrant research culture, broadly drawing on critical constructivist and interdisciplinary approaches to both the study of, and research in, social policy and criminology, sustained through our commitment to producing scholarship and research.

We have publications and research projects of national and international significance that can act as a catalyst for, and inform public dialogue on, critical issues in social policy and criminology, from the global to the local and everyday.

Many members of the discipline are actively involved in the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) (where we lead or are actively involved in the research programmes of Families, Relationships and Communities, and Migrations and Belongings), the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) and Openspace. Research students are also encouraged to join these centres and to take an active part in our supportive and collegial research culture.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

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