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PhD in Criminology University of Cambridge



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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 PhD in Criminology is an advanced research degree, awarded on the basis of a thesis and an oral examination (viva voce). The primary purpose of the PhD is the preparation and presentation of a substantial piece of independent and original academic research. Completion usually requires three to four years of full-time study, and five years if studying part-time, including a probationary period. Students are required to be resident in Cambridge during that time.

Every PhD student in the Institute of Criminology is supported by a supervisor. Supervisors are experts in their field of study and support students throughout the PhD. PhD candidates will also benefit from the advice and support of other academic members of staff who will be involved in progression through the various stages of the PhD, from the registration assessment exercise at the end of the first year through to the completion of the thesis.

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.

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Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

£24,531.00 (25,16,260) per year

The above mentioned fee is University Composition Fee. Students also additionally need to pay maintenance fee £14,500 and settling In fee £350.


01 Oct, 05 Jan, 10 Apr, 01 Oct


University of Cambridge

The Old Schools,

Trinity Lane,



CB2 1TN, England

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit). New admissions: Master's degree, with at least a high Merit (67 per cent) or equivalent (3.6 GPA in the American system), preferably in a social science discipline, although applicants from other disciplines will also be considered. Continuing applicants are advised to complete the MPhil in Criminological Research. The academic requirement is an average of 74 on assessed MPhil essays, and at least 74 on the MPhil Thesis. Students need an IELTS Academic: Overall band score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component) and TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 110(Writing; Reading; Listening and speaking score of each 25).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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