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Institute of Criminology

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Criminology at Cambridge

Cambridge is a world-leading centre for criminological research with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Our students benefit from being part of an intellectually stimulating environment with unrivaled opportunities to participate in the wider research culture of the Institute through its six active research centres, as well as the support and training to develop as independent researchers, and to join an integrated community of criminologists working on a diverse range of topics through multidisciplinary approaches.

Undertaking a postgraduate degree at Cambridge, whether taught or by research, will provide you with the foundation to advance your career prospects, to deepen your understanding of your chosen field of study, and to develop new skills in researching, thinking and presenting.

The Institute offers both full and part time PhD programmes, two full time MPhil programmes and three part-time Master of Studies programmes. Please select an option below for further information on our postgraduate courses.

PhD in Criminology

MPhil in Criminology and MPhil in Criminological Research

MSt in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management

MSt in Applied Criminology and Police Management


PhD (Part-Time only) Lent Term 2025: 2 October 2024

PhD (Part-Time only) Easter Term 2025: 15 January 2025



The 2025-2026 funding application deadlines will be announced by the end of September 2024.