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MPhil/PhD Criminology

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Students are encouraged to contribute to the department's research seminar series, are able to apply for funding to attend conferences, and are encouraged to publish their work, including in the department's Social Research Paper series and in journals.


The School of Social Sciences benefits from an active research base ensuring that staff are involved in current debates and that students are made aware of relevant developments and issues. Each research student has an approved programme of research, supported by a programme of research training.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Research supervision is available across the range of the department's subjects, with examples of current students' interests being Sino-Soviet relations in the 1940s, the politics of direct action, war crimes, refugees and asylum seekers, Syrian politics, international relations in the Maghreb, the social exclusion of older people and the policing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered people.

Staff have expertise for postgraduate supervision in Criminology including: crime control, policing, the penal system, comparative criminology, penology, philosophy of punishment, miscarriages of justice, sex work, domestic violence and sadomasochism.

How You Study

It is recognised that students require considerable support if they are to become independent researchers. First year students are therefore required to follow a fairly structured pattern of activity during which their progress can be monitored and encouraged. Throughout their studies students are allocated two supervisors and the emphasis is on providing whatever training students require.

As a research student you usually have two internal supervisors with specialist knowledge of their subject areas and regular meetings with them for advice, monitoring and other support. Where appropriate, additional advisors may also be utilised. Research students also get the opportunity to contribute to the School’s internal seminar series and may also be able to contribute to teaching.

Entry Requirements

Good relevant honours degree.

Key Contacts

Distinguished Professor Steve McKay
+44 (0) 1522 88 6629

Sara Mann
+44 (0)1522 836355

Career and Personal Development

Typically graduates go on to take positions as researchers or academics in institutes of higher education. Others use the experience for personal development and go on to careers in related sectors.


2014/15 Entry* UK/EU International 
Full-time £4,211 £12,247
Part-time £2,106 £6,124
 Thesis Pending TBA TBA


2015/16 Entry* UK/EU International 
Full-time £4,337 £12,614
Part-time £2,169 £6,307
 Thesis Pending £629 £1,097

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. 

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.