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MSt Applied Criminology, Penology and Management (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

10000 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
Institute of Criminology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The MSt in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management has traditionally been intended for prison and probation practitioners. In addition to such applicants, we now also welcome candidates working elsewhere in the Criminal Justice System, both in the UK and overseas. In recent years, in addition to large cohorts of staff from the prison and probation services, we have welcomed onto the course immigration officals, magistrates and lawyers.

Aims of the programme

  • To offer an up-to-date high-quality course which introduces senior persons working within the field of criminal justice as well as others with relevant experience and interests (e.g. senior personnel working with public sector organisations concerned with penology related operations) to some of the most important theory and research in applied criminology, penology and management.
  • To develop the skills necessary to locate, read, interpret and analyse relevant research and other source materials.
  • To develop the conceptual understanding necessary to evaluate research methods and findings.
  • To facilitate course members in communicating the results of their ideas, research and its conclusions in a written form, as well as orally.
  • To enhance the capacity of course members to apply up-to-date research in applied criminology, penology and management to aspects of their work.
  • Teaching and learning
  • The programme is a part-time course that takes place over two years starting in the spring. There are normally three two-week residential teaching blocks in the first year: Block A (March/April), Block B (June/July) and Block C (September).

Teaching blocks
The residential teaching blocks incorporate key modules:

  • Management in Criminal Justice
  • Prisons and Imprisonment
  • Criminological Theory and Criminological Research
  • Criminal Justice and Community Justice
  • Sentencing, the Legal Context and Court Issues

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Eligibility Criteria

Expected academic standard
Standard applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent. 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 criminal justice professionals or senior personnel working with public sector organisations concerned with penology 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)

Supporting documents
You will be required to provide the following supporting documents as part of your application:


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Course Modules

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.

Supervision and learning support
Students are allocated a Personal Supervisor with whom they can discuss any aspect of the course (essay choice, thesis 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), 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 thesis topic and in some cases a separate subject specific thesis advisor may also be allocated to work alongside the supervisor. Student support materials are also available via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Contact time

  • Lectures, seminars and classes: 47 hours per term (first year)
  • Small group teaching: 3 hours per term
  • Supervision: 3 hours per week during residential blocks (both years)
  • Practical sessions: as required - optional research methods surgeries and workshops for attendance depending on research methods being used.



  • Dissertation: 18,000 words maximum (including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography). The dissertation requires a literature review.


  • Four essays: 3,000 words maximum each
  • A research proposal: 4,000 words maximum

Detailed written feedback is provided for all six assessed elements. Oral feedback is provided following oral presentations.

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How to Apply

You should thoroughly research your prospective course, its requirements, deadlines and course costs before you think about completing and submitting the online application form.

Having fully researched the course you are interested in, make sure you now have the relevant information you need to apply:

  • Course name
  • Application and funding deadlines
  • The relevant required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, CV, etc.) in pdf format to upload.
  • Email addresses for your academic referees. You should ensure you have theirconsent before you apply.
  • A choice of up to two colleges to consider your application.
  • Apply Online using the GRADSAF
  • When you have completed the necessary preparation, and you are ready to begin your online application, you should take note of the following important information.

There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your credit card details to our secure server when you submit the online application.

  • Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentationwhich can be uploaded via your self service account after you submit the online application form.
  • You will need to submit a separate application, with separate supporting documents, for each course you wish you to apply for.

Upload Supporting Documentation
Once you have submitted your application, you will be given access to your Self-Service Account. You will have 14 days from submission of your application to upload all mandatory documents.

Please check your course's entry to see what supporting documents you will be required to submit. These will also be listed on your self-service account once you have submitted your application. For more information on what the specific requirements of each document are, and how to submit them, please see the section on Supporting Documentation

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