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 OutcomesCore 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
- 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
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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
- 9 months
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DisciplinesCriminology View 137 other Masters in Criminology in United Kingdom
- Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree
- Two academic references
- Evidence of competence in English
- Reasons for applying
- Statement of interest
- Sample of work
International26208 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 26208 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
EU/EEA11700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11700 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
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