The Institute has a well-established programme for those wishing to study for a doctorate. Each year, a small number of students are admitted to the doctoral programme. Candidates for the Ph.D. must normally pursue supervised research in residence in Cambridge for at least nine consecutive terms (three years) for full-time students, or 15 terms (five years) for part-time students. Completion of the doctoral programme involves, among other requirements, the writing of a dissertation of up to 80,000 words exclusive of footnotes, appendices and bibliography but subject to an overall word limit of 100,000 words exclusive of bibliography.
The Institute encourages applications from suitably qualified applicants of all nationalities. Proposals for doctoral research on any criminological topic will be considered.
See the list of current PhD topics for an indication of the wide range of topics currently being researched. However, proposals for doctoral research are unlikely to be successful if there is no suitable supervisor available within the Institute.
Applicants might wish to contact potential supervisors before submitting a formal application (please refer to the profile page of each supervisor for details on their research interests. Prospective students are advised to reflect carefully on which staff member best matches their academic interests. Please do not send requests to multiple members of staff. The formal Ph.D. application process will only begin with the submission of the GRADSAF application form. Applications for the Ph.D. in Criminology must be made through the University's Board of Graduate Studies.
From the point of view of the Institute and the Faculty, the PhD supervisor has overall responsibility for a student’s work towards the degree. In the early stages of the degree, a student can expect a supervisor to provide guidance about what is required, and about possible directions for the student's research, and depending on the individual case, this guidance may be quite detailed.
In the early stages of the degree, a student can expect to meet with the supervisor quite frequently (perhaps fortnightly, or even weekly in the case of full-time PhDs). Later on, meetings may be necessary only once a month to discuss work in progress. Part-time PhD students can expect a minimum of two supervisions per term, with the potential for up to four supervisions in total per term.
The Institute runs a comprehensive Training, Support and Development (TSD) programme for its PhD students. Frequent seminars are designed to develop research skills, technique and thinking. There are TSD internal workshops and students are also able to attend the many interdepartmental Ph.D. workshops.
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The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.
Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.
Successful completion of the doctoral programme involves, among other requirements, the writing of a dissertation of up to 80,000 words exclusive of footnotes, appendices and bibliography but subject to an overall word limit of 100,000 words exclusive of bibliography.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.