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University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education: Applied Criminology and Police Management

InstitutionUniversity of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education
Department University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education
Study type Taught


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).


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