Taught course

Applied Criminology and Police Management

University of Cambridge · Faculty of Law

Entry requirements

Standard applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent. There is provision to accept non-standard applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion but such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their suitability for the course. Such non-standard applicants would normally be senior police officers (at least Inspector or above) or senior civilian personnel working with police agencies or in public-sector organisations concerned with crime and police-related operations.

Language requirement

  • IELTS Academic: Overall band score of 7.0 (a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and 7.0 in the other components)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 100 (a minimum of 25 in each individual component)

Months of entry


Course content

Aims of the programme

  • To offer an up-to-date and high-quality course, introducing senior police officers and suitably qualified others to some of the most important theory and research in applied criminology and policing management.
  • To develop the skills necessary to locate, interpret and analyse research and other relevant source materials.
  • To develop the conceptual understanding necessary to evaluate research methods and findings.
  • To facilitate course members in communicating the results of their ideas, research and its conclusions in a written form, as well as orally.
  • To enhance the capacity of course members to apply current research in applied criminology and police management to aspects of their work.

Teaching and learning

The programme is a part-time course that takes place over two years starting in the spring. There are normally three two-week residential teaching blocks in the first year: Block A (March/April), Block B (July) and Block C (September).

Teaching blocks

The residential teaching blocks incorporate four key modules:

  • Criminological Theory
  • Evidence Based Policing
  • Leadership and Management
  • Research Methods

The modules cover a range of topics and use a range of delivery styles including seminars, lectures, symposia, practical exercises and project work. Reading lists are provided for each session, giving required and suggested further reading.

Supervision and learning support

Students are allocated a Personal Supervisor with whom they can discuss any aspect of the course (essay choice, thesis topic, time management, sources of information, academic development and support) on a one-to-one basis.

Independent study time is incorporated into the teaching blocks. Students have access to college library facilities as well as the Radzinowicz (Institute of Criminology), Squire (Faculty of Law), Cambridge Judge Business School and University Libraries.

In the second year, supervision may pass to another member of staff who is better suited to supervise the thesis topic and in some cases a separate subject specific thesis advisor may also be allocated to work alongside the supervisor. Student support materials are also available via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Contact time:

  • Lectures, seminars and classes: 47 hours per term (first year)
  • Small group teaching: 2 hours per term
  • Supervision: 1-2 hours per week (during residential blocks, both years)
  • Practical sessions: as required - optional research methods surgeries and workshops for attendance depending on research methods being used.



Dissertation: 18,000 words maximum (including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography). The dissertation requires a literature review.


  • Four essays: 3,000 words maximum each
  • A research proposal: 4,000 words maximum


An assessed oral presentation on the thesis in progress

Detailed written feedback is given following all six written assignments. Verbal feedback is given following a discussion on thesis topic in term 4 and on oral presentation in terms 5 and 6. This is recorded and made available to each student individually.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (18000 words)

Course contact details

Course Administrator
+44 (0)1223 335373