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Course summary

The MPhil in Criminology 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. The MPhil in Criminology does not require empirical research as part of the final dissertation and therefore does not include the practical training in research methods which is offered through the MPhil in Criminological Research.

Assessment method

The overall mark for the MPhil in Criminology is determined through seven assignments comprising of four units of assessment: Four Essays: One Criminological Theories essay, three Optional essays (each relating to a different optional course the student has attended), and SSRMP exercise. Each essay should be of no more than 3,000 words, on topics which the student will choose from lists announced by the Examiners. The Criminological Research Methods exercise A presentation on your Dissertation research (At the start of the second Term) Dissertation To be awarded the MPhil degree students are required to pass each of the units of assessment (i.e., achieve a mark of 60 or above), apart from the dissertation presentation. A mark between 57 and 59 is considered a marginal fail and this may be compensated by a strong performance, normally denoted by a mark of 68 or above, in one of the other written units (not including the presentation). If a student receives a marginal fail overall and all their marks are below a 68 they may be required to participate in an oral examination. Ultimately, decisions regarding marginal fails are made by the Board of Examiners in light of all relevant information. To be awarded a distinction, students must obtain an overall weighted mark of 75.

Entry requirements

An honours degree with at least a high II.i (67 per cent) from a UK university or equivalent from another institution (GPA 3.6/4 in the United States), preferably in a social science discipline, although applicants from other disciplines will also be considered. If your degree is not from the UK, please check the International Qualifications section of the Postgraduate Admissions website to find the equivalent in your country.

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Criminology at University of Cambridge - UCAS