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How to Apply

Applications for 2019-20 entry will open on 3rd September 2018


Applicants are referred to the relevant sections of the University's Graduate Admisssions website. 

The course code for the MPhil in Criminology is CRM1. The course code for the MPhil in Criminological Research is CRM2.

Please note that is not necessary to submit an application to both MPhil programmes as the entry requirements are the same. 

The Institute strongly recommends that students who aim to progress to a PhD apply for the MPhil in Criminological Research in the first instance. Continuation to the PhD programme involves a separate application process, undertaken during the MPhil year. 

Supporting documents

Applicants will need to provide the following documents when applying for the MPhil in Criminology or the MPhil in Criminological Research. Please see the Graduate Admissions website for further details.

  • Two academic references
  • Transcripts
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English
  • Reasons for applying 
  • Statement of interest 
  • Sample of academic written work. This should be a dissertation chapter, essay or another piece of writing that you feel shows your suitability for the course. The suggested word length is between 1500 and 5000 words.

Applicants for the Gates Scholarships will need to provide details of an additional referee who can provide a personal reference.

When will I receive a decision?

In the normal course of events, where the Institute has received full information and references, we endeavour to make recommendations to the Graduate Admissions Office within two weeks of receiving a completed application. Where additional information is sought or in cases requiring an interview, this may take longer.

Applicant FAQs

The Graduate Admissions Office has a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the applications process. Please refer to these while making your application and throughout the process of applying.


Funding Deadlines

10 October 2018:  If you are a USA citizen, resident in the USA, and wish to be considered for Gates funding

3 January 2019:  All other applicants who wish to be considered for funding by the University

Application Deadline 

29 March 2019

Entry requirements

An honours degree with at least a high II.i (67 per cent) from a UK university or equivalent from another institution (GPA 3.6/4 in the United States), preferably in a social science discipline, although applicants from other disciplines will also be considered.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check the International Qualifications section of the Graduate Admissions website to find the equivalent in your country.

For further information contact the Graduate Administrator

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