Cambridge Institute of Criminology

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

The Cambridge Institute of Criminology was founded in 1959, with the support of a benefaction from the Wolfson Foundation and the Howard League for Penal Reform. It is part of the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Law, but its multidisciplinary teaching and research staff are also recruited from Sociology, Psychiatry and Psychology. It is located on the Sidgwick Site in the west of Cambridge, England.

The Institute has a very active programme of funded research on a wide variety of topics — recent projects have included work on criminal careers, community policing, the effectiveness of community penalties, mentally disordered offenders, and incentives-based prison regimes. The Institute's Library, named after Sir Leon Radzinowicz, has one of the world's largest collections relating to crime, criminal justice and related topics.

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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