Cambridge Institute of Criminology

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Cambridge Institute of Criminology
Institute of Criminology
Established 1959 (1959)
Affiliation Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
Director Lawrence Sherman
Location Cambridge, United Kingdom
Campus Sidgwick Site

The Cambridge Institute of Criminology is the criminological institute within the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. Its multidisciplinary teaching and research staff are recruited from the disciplines of Law, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Sociology. It is located on the Sidgwick Site in the west of Cambridge, England.


The Department of Criminal Science at the Faculty of Law was first established by Sir Leon Radzinowicz in 1938. As the field of criminology was met with increasing interest and success, Sir Leon Radzinowicz founded the Institute of Criminology in 1959 with the support of a benefaction from the Wolfson Foundation and the Howard League for Penal Reform.[1]


The Institute offers a number of different courses, including a nine-month taught MPhil Degree in Criminology (the largest full-time postgraduate Criminology course in the UK); a twelve-month MPhil degree in Criminological Research; a 2-year MSt Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management open to potential chief police officers and personnel working in senior positions within police forces and other parts of the criminal justice system; a 2-year MSt Degree in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management open to senior prison officers and others who work, or have interest in criminal justice systems, including lawyers and judicial officers; a PhD programme in Criminology; a Cropwood Fellowship Programme to enable four practitioners a year to participate in a 12-week period of intensive research; and various courses for undergraduate degrees.


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