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Institute of Criminology

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Applications for entry in 2022/23 will open on 1st September 2021


Applicants are referred to the relevant sections of the University's Postgraduate Admissions Office website. 

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 Postgraduate 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?

Applications are considered as they are received and some early offers are made; however, the majority of decisions are made after the main funding deadline, in January and February. An interview may take place in borderline cases, or if the admissions panel require further information to make an assessment of the application. Applicants will be notified as soon as their application has been evaluated, if it has been accepted, rejected, or put on hold. Applications that are put on hold will be assessed as a gathered field in April, after the application deadline.

The Department is subject to restrictions on the number of offers it can make for these courses and whilst in some cases a decision on an application will be made following the first review, in a large number of cases an application will be held for re-consideration at a later stage. This may mean that a decision on your application is not taken until after the closing date for applications to the course. 

Applicant FAQs

The Postgraduate 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

Funding deadline for entry in October 2022 is 6 January 2022.

Application Deadline 

31 March 2022 for entry in October 2022

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.

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For further information contact the Graduate Administrator