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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Our Master of Studies (MSt.) programme in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management is a two-year part-time programme that equips senior and future leaders in criminal justice with the skills and knowledge to reflect on existing policy and practice and build towards better professional practice.

Developed originally in the 1990s, in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS), our M.St. programme has since broadened to welcome criminal justice professionals from probation and community justice, the voluntary and third sectors, the legal community, and allied professions such as psychologists and psychiatrists. We welcome colleagues beyond England and Wales, including from elsewhere in Europe and beyond. We take an inclusive approach to recruitment, which focuses on candidates’ motivations, skills, experience and potential. We warmly welcome applications to study from people who may have little previous experience of formal education, as well as people who have lived experience of criminal justice involvement or supervision.

The content of our course reflects the diversity of the socio-political, professional and educational backgrounds of our students. We aim to equip students with cutting-edge knowledge of criminological theory and research, and provide high levels of academic support so that students can develop independent research skills to locate, interpret, analyse and evaluate research, and explore and apply it in their work as senior criminal justice professionals, including through an independent research dissertation in the second year of the course. Through an intensive programme of four eight-day and two five-day residential blocks in Cambridge, across two years of study, students are introduced to key criminological concepts, including legitimacy, compliance, desistance and deterrence, key criminal justice policy and practice debates, and key methodological skills, including qualitative and quantitative approaches, ethics, and insider research. Ideas are explored ‘in context’, with course content designed to provoke reflection on some of the most urgent current challenges in criminal justice, including by reference to long-standing, ongoing debates and empirical knowledge in the field. We encourage students to think differently and broadly – historically, comparatively, and across the criminal justice system as a whole – about the contemporary nature and experience of criminal justice theory, policy and practice.

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Requirements

There is provision to accept non-standard applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion (the standard academic criterion is at least a 2.i honours bachelor’s degree (or successful completion of a Master’s degree) from a UK University, or an equivalent standard from a recognised overseas institution) 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 criminal justice professionals or senior personnel working with public sector organisations concerned with penology-related operations. An interview will be required for all non-standard students and some standard students where appropriate.

Language requirement

  • IELTS Academic: Overall band score of 7.0 (a minimum of 6.5 in Reading 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

Course duration

2 years

Course fee

Home: £20,000
Overseas: £20,000

Venue

Institute of Criminology
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies

Course code

CRM7