Welcome to the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford. The Centre is part of the Faculty of Law, within the Social Sciences Division.

The Centre for Criminology has a reputation as a world-leading research and teaching institution. It is dedicated to pursuing an innovative programme of criminological and criminal justice research and to delivering the highest quality undergraduate education on the Law FHS degree and graduate education at both masters and doctoral level. 

As well as the full time MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice programme, from 2017/18 the Centre for Criminology has offered a part-time MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  This part-time course is aimed at people working in criminal justice organizations who are looking to gain new qualifications and/or wish to expand their knowledge base; those with caring and other responsibilities that make full-time study difficult; and anyone with an interest in criminology who would like to study at one of the top departments in the country but who cannot for whatever reason commit to a full time programme. 

Details on the course Structure and Options

Applications for the DPhil Criminology and the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice  both full and part-time are now open for entry in October 2019.  

The Centre's members are committed to connecting criminological work to the broader concerns of the social sciences; to thinking comparatively about crime and punishment; to bringing together sociological and normative approaches to the analysis of crime and justice; and to working at the intersections between criminology and public policy. These are also the approaches to the study of crime and criminal justice that inform teaching and doctoral supervision in the Centre. They make it an intellectually stimulating and collegial environment in which to study criminology as a graduate student and in which to work as a temporary research officer or a permanent member.

Our priorities are to recruit outstanding scholars as lecturers, research officers, academic visitors, and students and to create, with them, an academic environment of world-class research that will allow the Centre to maintain its reputation for excellence.