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MPhil/PhD Criminology

MPhil/PhD School of Social and Political Sciences Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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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

MPhil: A 2:1 honours degree or Master’s degree
PhD: A Master’s degree with a research component

Key Contacts

Professor Peter Somerville
+44 (0) 1522 88 6267

Sara Mann
+44 (0)1522 886355

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.

Tuition Fees

2016/17 Entry* Full-time Part-time
Home/EU £4,500 £2,250
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,600 £1,750
International £13,300 £6,650
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship*** £2,000 reduction)
£11,300 £5,320
 Thesis Pending £TBA £TBA

* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.
*** All International students holding a UoL degree when enrolling on a PG programme. First year’s fees only.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

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.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

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, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.