Taught course

Criminological Research

University of Cambridge · Institute of Criminology

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

At least a high II.i honours degree (67 per cent) from a UK university or equivalent from another institution (GPA 3.6/4).

Months of entry


Course content

The basic aims of both MPhil programmes are:

To offer up-to-date and high-quality degree courses, introducing students to some of the most important theory, methods and research in criminology;

To offer a sound academic foundation to those who aspire to undertake a PhD and/or a career in teaching and research in criminology or related fields; and

To provide 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.

Both MPhils in Criminology and Criminological Research provides a foundational education in prominent criminological theories, research methods, and areas of criminological knowledge. Compulsory modules on criminological theories and research methods familiarise students with historic and contemporary criminological thinking and research. A variety of optional seminars are on offer each year covering a wide range of criminological topics. What is on offer varies by year, but in recent years has included topics such as: Policing; the Sociology of Prison Life; Victims and Injustice; Punishment and Mercy; Socio-critical Perspectives on Criminal Justice; History of Violence; Global Perspectives on Violence; People, Place and Crime; Organised Crime; and Neurocriminology.

The MPhil in Criminological Research requires empirical research as part of the final thesis and, therefore, includes practical training in analytical and advanced research methods, both in-house and through the Social Sciences Research Methods Programme (SSRMP).

Information for international students

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score

Listening 7.0

Writing 7.0

Reading 7.0

Speaking 7.0

Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score

Listening 25

Writing 25

Reading 25

Speaking 25

Total 110


Score: Grade A & B (overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185 plus a Language Centre assessment)


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 with no element lower than 185).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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