Ph.D. On Campus


University of Cambridge

36 months
25758 GBP/year
8844 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Criminology candidates at University of Cambridge, benefit from close links with the Institute's six dedicated research centres, providing them with unrivalled opportunities and the support to develop as independent researchers, while being part of an integrated community of criminologists working at different levels and through multidisciplinary approaches. 


The PhD in Criminology from The University of Cambridge, is an advanced research degree, awarded on the basis of a thesis and an oral examination (viva voce). The primary purpose of the PhD is the preparation and presentation of a substantial piece of independent and original academic research. 

Completion usually requires three to four years of full-time study, and five years if studying part-time, including a probationary period. Students are required to be resident in Cambridge during that time.

Learning Outcomes

The Cambridge PhD is designed as structured, flexible and individual preparation for becoming a professional researcher. It will help students develop the core skills needed by an arts, humanities or social sciences professional researcher of the future, which are valued by both academic and non-academic employers.

 By the end of the programme, candidates will have acquired the skills, experience and knowledge to undertake postdoctoral work (research and teaching) or another related profession.

Programme Structure

  • Thesis / Dissertation
  • Successful completion of the doctoral programme involves, among other requirements, an oral examination (viva voce) of a thesis.
  • Candidates for the PhD are reviewed formally on an annual basis, at the end of the first and second year (during the third and seventh terms).
  •  All first year students are required to participate in a review exercise, which involves submitting a progress report to be reviewed by academic staff at the Institute, who will then meet with candidates to discuss their progress. 
  • The aim of the PhD review is to consider general academic progress on your thesis, plan your fieldwork, and assess the intellectual standard of the report submitted for review.
  •   Following successful completion of the review exercise and at the end of their probationary period, PhD candidates can be formally registered for the PhD. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • If required - you can check using our tool
  • Statement of interest 
  • Research proposal 
  • Sample of work
  • Master's degree, with at least a high Merit (67 per cent) or equivalent (3.6 GPA in the American system), preferably in a social science discipline, although applicants from other disciplines will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25758 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25758 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    8844 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part time:  

  • National: £5,306
  • International: £15,454

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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