University of Cambridge

9 months
26208 GBP/year
11700 GBP/year
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The MPhil in Criminology offered by the University of Cambridge provides a foundational education in prominent criminological theories, research methods, and areas of criminological knowledge.


Compulsory modules on criminological theories and research methods familiarise students with historical and contemporary criminological thinking and research. A variety of optional seminars are on offer each year covering a wide range of criminological topics. 

What is on offer varies by year, but in recent years has included topics such as criminal justice, policing, crime prevention, organized crime, the sociology of punishment, the sociology of prison life, psychiatry and crime, developmental criminology, neurocriminology, social contexts of crime, and cross-cultural comparative criminology.

The MPhil in Criminology offered by the University of Cambridge does not require empirical research as part of the final dissertation and therefore does not include the practical training in analytical methods which is offered through the MPhil in Criminological Research.

Learning Outcomes

Core knowledgeStudents should acquire:
  • An understanding of core criminological and criminal justice theories
  • A critical awareness of current problems and debates within the field
  • Skills to critically evaluate theoretical and empirical literature relevant to criminological and criminal justice research
  • The ability to synthesize and apply criminological knowledge in new contexts or to new issues
  • The ability to use theoretical knowledge creatively and independently to guide their work
  • Skills in communicating criminological knowledge to specialist and nonspecialist audiences
Research methodsStudents should acquire:
  • A comprehensive understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods used in criminology
  • The ability to use acquired knowledge to propose new hypotheses and identify and address research problems
  • The ability to critically assess research designs
  • The ability to apply research competencies to practical issues
  • The ability to independently acquire and interpret additional knowledge relating to research
  • An understanding of the quality of work required to satisfy peer review

Programme Structure


The MPhil in Criminology is structured around two teaching terms in which students attend two core courses and three optional courses, and one research term devoted to the preparation of a dissertation.

The basic aims of both MPhil programmes are as follows:
  • Offer up-to-date and high-quality degree courses, introducing students to some of the most important theory, methods and research in criminology
  • Offer a sound academic foundation to those who aspire to undertake a PhD or career in teaching and research in criminology or related fields
  • Provide a sound foundation of knowledge and methodological skills to those who wish to work in a wide range of criminal justice agencies, the legal profession, or other professional or voluntary organization

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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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.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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

Admission requirements:

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
  • Reasons for applying
  • Statement of interest 
  • Sample of work

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26208 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26208 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11700 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.


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