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MPhil Programmes

We offer two 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, and from a range of academic backgrounds.


The MPhil in Criminology is a nine month full time programme. It is a taught Master’s degree that combines advanced study and research introducing students to some of the most important theory, methods and research in criminology.

The MPhil in Criminology offers a sound foundation of knowledge and methodological skills to those who wish to work in a wide range of criminal justice agencies, the legal profession, or other professional or voluntary organisations.

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MPhil in Criminological Research

The MPhil in Criminological Research is a one year full time programme. It is a taught Master’s degree that combines advanced study and research introducing students to some of the most important theory, methods and research in criminology.

The MPhil in Criminological Research offers a sound academic foundation to those who aspire to undertake a PhD and/or a career in teaching and research in criminology and related fields.

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Career Opportunities

Studying Criminology in Cambridge provides a useful preparation for a wide variety of careers. Students acquire a wide range of transferable skills such as the ability to write clearly and analytically about complex issues, to engage effectively in argument and debate, to analyse qualitative and quantitative data and to conduct independent research. 

Graduates of the MPhil programmes are engaged in teaching and criminological research all over the world, and many have embarked on careers in the legal profession or in organisations working within the prison, police, probation, or social service sectors. Other former students of the Institute now hold positions in government and voluntary service organisations.


Current Students

Current students can access resources for their course through Moodle, the virtual learning environment for the University of Cambridge.

Moodle can be accessed here or via the Quicklinks tab at the top of the page, by using your Raven password to login.


Course Director

The Director of the MPhil Programmes is Dr Kyle Treiber

"The Institute of Criminology has been welcoming and collaborative, providing a positive learning environment for my postgraduate studies."

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"I can honestly say that the Institute is one of the best places to learn and specialize in criminology. The research staff consists of experts in the area who are always eager to help, and it is impossible to fail in finding any relevant book or journal in the Radzinowicz Library."

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"We had students from all five continents and the exchange of ideas and perspectives were incredibly diverse and meaningful.  I particularly liked the optional modules, where the smaller class size allowed us to discuss, learn and dive deeper into issues."

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"I enjoyed the taught and research aspects of the Criminology program, as I was able to improve my research skills through the courses and then I had the opportunity to apply those research skills in an area of interest to me through my dissertation."

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For further information about the MPhil Programmes contact the Graduate Administrator

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