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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The Master of Studies (MSt) in Applied Criminology and Police Management is a part-time course that takes place over two years starting in the spring. There are normally three teaching blocks in the first year: Block A (March/April), Block B (July) and Block C (September). The residential teaching blocks incorporate four key modules: Criminological Theory, Evidence-Based Policing, Leadership and Management, and 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.

Students are allocated a personal supervisor with whom they can discuss any aspect of the course (essay choice, dissertation 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), the 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 dissertation topic and in some cases a separate subject-specific dissertation advisor may also be allocated to work alongside the supervisor.

Student support materials are also available via a virtual learning environment (VLE).



Expected academic standard

Standard applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i Honours Degree or overseas equivalent.

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

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)
  • CAE: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a Language Centre assessment
  • CPE: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)

Course dates

28 Mar 2022 to 03 Jul 2024

Course duration

2 years

Apply by

01 Feb 2022

Course fee

Home: £24,000
Overseas: £24,000


Institute of Criminology
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies

Course code