Criminology | Graduate courses | University of Oxford
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Criminology

The Centre for Criminology, an independent unit of the University’s Faculty of Law, is dedicated to pursuing an innovative programme of criminological research and to delivering high-quality graduate education in criminology.

The centre has a vibrant programme of research, aimed principally at fostering and developing clusters of research activity around six substantive themes:

  • security, rights and justice
  • penal culture, policy and practice
  • politics, legitimacy and criminal justice
  • crime and the family
  • victims
  • criminal justice, citizenship and migration.

Members of the centre 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 approaches to the study of crime and criminal justice that inform teaching and doctoral supervision in the centre and make it an intellectually stimulating and collegial environment in which to study criminology as a graduate student.

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