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Criminology, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #3 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

    24960 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24960 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11460 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11460 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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