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Course Overview

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Who are the Courses for?

The Master’s degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management is primarily intended for  officers of UK Inspector (or civilian equivalent) rank or above, in a police or regulatory agency in both the UK and  overseas. We also have places available for personnel working in organisations other than police forces, but whose work  involves crime and policing related issues. 


What Are the Aims of the Applied Criminology and Police Management Course?

The course aims to enhance the capacity of those working in law enforcement agencies to apply up-to-date  academic research to the strategic aspects of crime and policing by:

  • Increasing awareness of existing research
  • Providing a framework for its use in strategic policy and planning
  • Developing skills for critical evaluation of research methods and findings
  • Developing learning through application

What Qualification Will I Gain?

Upon successful completion of the Master's requirements, students will graduate with a Master of Studies  (M.St.) (Cantab) degree from the University of Cambridge. Students who successfully complete Year One but who do not proceed  to or complete Year Two will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Criminology and Police Management.


Should I Consider This Course if I Already Have a Master's Degree?

A number of our students already have Master's degrees, including some in Criminology. This course is  tailor-made for criminal justice practitioners and others working in this field, and the knowledge gained from the course  will enhance professional practice and develop strategic thinking. For those considering the highest levels in their  services, the courses link directly with many of the competencies required for chief officers.


Can I Do This Course Alongside a Busy Operational Job?

Although all part-time study is hard work, we aim to make the experience as pleasant and feasible  as possible. We appreciate the pressures which practitioners experience and the courses, in terms of both structure  and pace, reflect this.


 Venue

Cambridge provides a wonderful venue for the course. Most formal teaching takes place at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. The Institute's  houses  the foremost  criminology library in the UK. The guest lectures preceding the weekly formal dinners take place at one of the  Cambridge colleges and feature distinguished criminal justice practitioners, academics and policymakers.