University of Oxford

As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research, having been ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017, 2018 and 2019. There are nearly 24,000 students at Oxford, including 11,747 undergraduates and 11,687 postgraduates, international students making up almost 43% of the total student body – over 10,000 students. Students come to Oxford from more than 150 countries and territories, being drawn by the University’s staggering offer of more than 350 different graduate degree programmes. One definitely should consider t pursue his/her studies at Oxford.

The Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

A stimulating and demanding programme, involving intensive learning in small groups, the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice will equip you with an advanced understanding of crime and criminal justice, comprising courses in criminological theory, the study of criminal justice, and training in research design and methodology. The programme is offered on both a full-time (one-year) and part-time (two-year) basis. The degree and expectations for both modes of study are equally rigorous. Part-time students take their classes with the full-time students, but spread over two years to accommodate work and personal circumstances.

Location: Oxford, UK.

Single Diploma.

Language: English.

Number of Places/Students per year: full time – c. 26, part time – c. 5.

Start Date: October 13, 2019 (the induction programme being usually held in the two weeks preceding the start of the term).

Duration: full time – 9 months, part time – 21 months.

Price/Fee: full-time study – £14,195 for UK/EU students, £22,600 for overseas students; part-time study – £7,098 for UK/EU students, £11,300 for overseas students.

Scholarships: There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. For more information on the application process, please see the official website [EN].

Accommodation: There is a wide range of accommodation available in Oxford for graduate students, provided both by the University and its colleges and by the private sector. Living in college provides a welcoming sense of community, and facilities like the library, dining hall and common room are all close. ‘Living out’ may mean being in a property owned by college, or you may have to rent a flat of your own. Being in your own accommodation often creates a much greater sense of independence, and you will be able to live with your friends. Students often live in areas such as Cowley and Jericho, and the University Accommodation Office is a useful way to find properties. For more information, please see the official website [EN].

Application Process:

Entrance is very competitive and applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in law. This is an academic programme and therefore positions held in the legal profession are not usually a consideration in the assessment process. In the absence of an undergraduate degree in law, candidates may be admitted with a postgraduate diploma or master's qualification in law at distinction level.

  1. Deadlines: 25 January 2019 (12 noon UK time) – deadline for application;
  • 29 September 2019 – start of the induction programme;
  • 13 October 2019 – start of the 2019-20 academic year.
  1. Required documents:
  • Official transcript(s) – providing detailed information of the individual grades received in your university-level qualifications to date. You should only upload official documents issued by your institution and any transcript not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation. For more information, follow this link [EN];
  • CV/résumé;
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement (one to two pages);
  • Written work (two essays of 2,000 words each);
  • References/letters of recommendation (three overall, generally academic).
  1. Additional documents for Non-EU/EEA: not specified.
  2. Supplements: none.
  3. Application fee: £75 unless you are eligible for a fee waiver.

Programme structure


  • Compulsory: three courses – Criminology Theories; Understanding Criminal Justice, and Research Design and Data Collection.
  • Optional: Five optional modules selected from a list of 15 choices..
  • Thesis: A dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words researched and written independently under the supervision of a member of academic staff
  • Internship: not required for graduation.

LL.M Contact:

Address: The Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, St Cross Building, St Cross Road, Oxford OX1 3UL, UK.

Website: [EN].


By Vladimir Griga