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PhD in Criminology

The PhD in Criminology is an advanced research degree, awarded on the basis of the preparation and presentation of a substantial piece of independent and original academic research.

The Institute of Criminology offers both full-time and part-time PhD programmes, and each year approximately eight new PhD students are admitted. Cambridge doctoral students in criminology are supervised by leading scholars in their chosen fields and student publications have been internationally recognised.

The Institute of Criminology has a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. PhD candidates benefit from close links with the Institute's six dedicated research centres, providing them with unrivalled opportunities and the support to develop as independent researchers, while being part of an integrated community of criminologists working at different levels and through multidisciplinary approaches.

The Cambridge PhD is designed as structured, flexible and individual preparation for becoming a professional researcher. It will help students develop the core skills needed by an arts, humanities or social sciences professional researcher of the future, which are valued by both academic and non-academic employers. By the end of the programme, candidates will have acquired the skills, experience and knowledge to undertake postdoctoral work (research and teaching) or another related profession.

Current Students

A list of current PhD students can be found here.

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 PhD Programme is Dr Justice Tankebe.


For further details about the PhD Programme contact the .