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Institute of Criminology


Criminology at Cambridge is ranked at number 1 in the UK by the Complete University Guide.

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 two part-time Master of Studies programmes. Please select an option below for further information on our postgraduate courses.

PhD in Criminology

MPhil in Criminology/ Criminological Research

MSt In Applied Criminology, Penology and Management

MSt In Applied Criminology and Police Management

250 clare

Cambridge is a world-leading centre for criminological research with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Studying criminology at the Institute of Criminology provides an opportunity to learn from internationally established academics, and to experience graduate study at one of the world's leading universities.


COVID-19 Update

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to our Masters programmes in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation. 

Whilst we will endeavour to provide as much face to face teaching as possible, some  seminar presentations may be pre-recorded or recorded at the point of delivery (live streamed) so that anyone unable to attend a seminar in person will be able to participate in follow-on discussions. Some seminars and  discussions groups may be held online.