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.
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.
- 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.
- 36 months
- 60 months
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DisciplinesCriminal Law Criminology View 13 other PhDs in Criminology in United Kingdom
- Two academic references
- Evidence of competence in English
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- 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.
International25758 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25758 GBP per year during 36 months.
National8844 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 36 months.
- National: £5,306
- International: £15,454
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