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Postgraduate Admissions

6 courses offered in the* Institute of Criminology

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Applied Criminology and Police Management is a part-time course that takes place over two years starting in the spring. There are normally three teaching blocks in the first year: Block A (March/April), Block B (July) and Block C (September). The residential teaching blocks incorporate four key modules: Criminological Theory, Evidence-Based Policing, Leadership and Management, and Research Methods.

The modules cover a range of topics and use a range of delivery styles including seminars, lectures, symposia, practical exercises and project work. Reading lists are provided for each session, giving required and suggested further reading.

Students are allocated a personal supervisor with whom they can discuss any aspect of the course (essay choice, dissertation topic, time management, sources of information, academic development and support) on a one-to-one basis. Independent study time is incorporated into the teaching blocks.

Students have access to college library facilities as well as the Radzinowicz (Institute of Criminology), Squire (Faculty of Law), the Cambridge Judge Business School and University libraries. In the second year, supervision may pass to another member of staff who is better suited to supervise the dissertation topic and in some cases a separate subject-specific dissertation advisor may also be allocated to work alongside the supervisor.

Student support materials are also available via a virtual learning environment (VLE).

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Our Master of Studies (M.St.) programme in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management is a part-time, two-year programme that equips senior leaders, and future leaders, in criminal justice with skills and knowledge to reflect on existing policy and practice and build towards better practice in their respective fields of work. 

Developed originally in the 1990s, in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS), our M.St. programme has since broadened to welcome criminal justice professionals from probation and community justice, the voluntary and third sectors, and the legal community and allied professions such as psychologists and psychiatrists. We now also welcome colleagues beyond England and Wales, including especially from Scotland, Ireland, and further afield, for example, from Scandinavia, South Africa, the USA and Latin America. We take an inclusive approach to recruitment, which focuses on candidates’ motivations, skills, experience and potential. We warmly welcome applications to study from people who may have little previous experience of formal education, as well as people who have lived experience of criminal justice involvement or supervision, and we have modest bursary provision available to support students who are self-funding their studies.

 

The content of our course reflects the diversity of the socio-political, professional and educational backgrounds of our students. We aim to equip students with cutting-edge knowledge of criminological theory and research, and provide high levels of academic support so that students can develop independent research skills to locate, interpret, analyse and evaluate research, and explore and apply it in their work as senior criminal justice professionals, including through an independent research dissertation in the second year of the course. Through an intensive programme of six, two-week residential blocks in Cambridge, across two years of study, students are introduced to key criminological concepts, including legitimacy, compliance, desistance and deterrence, key criminal justice policy and practice debates, and key methodological skills, including qualitative and quantitative approaches, ethics, action and insider research. Ideas are explored sociologically ‘in context’, with course content designed to provoke reflection on some of the most urgent current challenges in criminal justice, including by reference to long-standing, ongoing debates and empirical knowledge in the field. We encourage students to think differently and broadly – historically, comparatively, and across the criminal justice system as a whole – about the contemporary nature and experience of criminal justice theory, policy and practice.

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The Cambridge Institute of Criminology offers two one-year, full-time MPhil programmes: the MPhil in Criminology, and the MPhil in Criminological Research. Both programmes have a high national and international standing and together regularly recruit around 40 students each year from d. The MPhil in Criminological Research is a recognised Doctoral Training Centre and candidates can apply for the Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 funding. The MPhil in Criminological Research runs from 1 October to 30 September.

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The Cambridge Institute of Criminology offers two one-year, full-time MPhil programmes: the MPhil in Criminology, and the MPhil in Criminological Research. Both programmes have a high national and international standing and together regularly recruit around 40 students each year from around the world. The MPhil in Criminology runs from 1 October to 30 June.

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The PhD in Criminology is an advanced research degree, awarded on the basis of a thesis and an oral examination (viva voce). The primary purpose of the PhD is the preparation and presentation of a substantial piece of independent and original academic research. The Institute of Criminology has a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. PhD candidates benefit from close links with the Institute's six dedicated research centres, providing them with unrivalled opportunities and the support to develop as independent researchers, while being part of an integrated community of criminologists working at different levels and through multidisciplinary approaches.

 

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Aims of the course

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Applied Criminology and Police Management (Degree Apprenticeship) has the following aims: to

  • prepare senior leaders in policing to apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for their complex and important work.
  • help senior police officers and analysts to master knowledge of the most important research and theory in applied criminology and policing management
  • develop the skills necessary to locate, evaluate, analyse and apply research to police operational strategies and tactics
  • perform the behaviours needed for communicating and implementing results of research, conclusions and implementation plans in both written and oral form.

Learning resources include

·         the Radzinowicz Library, one of the world’s leading collections on crime, justice and policing

·         Leading academics in police research, globally renowned and cited for their discoveries about policing

·         Leading police executives from the UK recently or currently employed at the highest levels

·         The Cambridge system of residential colleges as both study centres and accommodations 30 days per year

·         A student body of police leaders from around the world

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Department Members


Professor Lawrence W. Sherman
Head of Department

  • 10 Academic Staff
  • 6 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 189 Graduate Students

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