Taught course

Criminological Research

University of Cambridge · School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

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 2:i honours degree (67 per cent) from a UK university or equivalent from other 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.

The MPhil in 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 criminal justice, policing, crime prevention, organised crime, the sociology of punishment, the sociology of prison life, psychiatry and crime, developmental criminology, neurocriminology, social contexts of crime, and cross-cultural comparative criminology.
The MPhil in Criminological Research requires empirical research as part of the final dissertation and therefore includes practical training in analytical and advanced research methods through the Social Sciences Research Methods Centre (SSRMC).

Fees and funding

UK students
£11,100 p/a
International students
EU £11,100 p/a Non EU £23,760

The Institute offers funding from the Wakefield Scholarship Fund (for applicants born or educated in Canada, Australia or New Zealand) and the Manuel López-Rey Studentship Fund (open to all applicants). A number of applicants are also put forward each year for ESRC studentships, which cover the costs of tuition fees and provide contributions towards living expenses and additional study opportunities.

For further information on ESRC studentships and other possible sources of funding, please see Funding pages on the Institute of Criminology website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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