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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 thesis 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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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 Criminological Research is a recognised route within the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership 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) aims to do the following:

  • 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
  • manifest 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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