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Criminology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 18 Criminology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Criminology

Criminology is an interdisciplinary field drawing from both the behavioural and social sciences. It investigates the causes, impact, and prevention of crime. Researchers in this area develop the theories on which our criminal justice and rehabilitative systems are based. PhD candidates in this area will complete an independent research project that should make an original contribution to our understanding of Criminology.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Criminology?

Under the guidance of a specialist supervisor with an expertise in your chosen topic, you’ll conduct independent research eventually culminating in an extended dissertation of approximately 80,000 words which should make a substantial contribution to the field.

Possible research areas include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Fraud amd white collar crime
  • Prisons and punishment
  • Domestic violence
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Drug markets and policy

Criminology is a broad field, so you may use a range of different methodologies depending on your chosen line of inquiry. These could include ethnographic studies, surveys, focus groups, interviews, and psychosocial case analyses.

Alongside your research, you’ll attend regular progress meetings with your supervisor and complete any additional training required by your institution.

There are a handful of predesigned PhDs in Criminology, but most students will propose their own research project. Choosing this option means you’ll identify a gap in the academic literature and determine the parameters of your own research.

Entry Requirements

The most common entry requirement for PhD programmes in Criminology is an upper second-class Bachelors degree and a Masters degree at Merit level, both in a relevant discipline. Some programmes may set a 2:1 undergraduate degree alone as a minimum requirement, but bear in mind that applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and additional qualifications with often be an advantage.

PhD in Criminology funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Criminology PhDs in the UK is the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), though some relating to Cybersecurity may be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). These provide fully funded studentships that include coverage of your tuition fees, along with a stipend to cover living expenses.

Many advertised Criminology PhDs will have studentships attached. Students proposing their own research project may be able to apply for a studentship after being accepted onto the programme. If you are already working within the field, you may be able to get funding from your employer.

Options for independently financing your PhD include the UK government’s doctoral loan, part-time employment alongside your studies and support from charities or trusts.

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Research Excellence PhD Studentships

The University of East London (UEL) invites applications from highly qualified and motivated students for 2 Research Excellence PhD Studentships starting in September 2024. Read more

How does agricultural crime affect the psychological health of farmers: a longitudinal exploration of the impact of victimisation on UK farmers

Agricultural crime is a fact of life for British farmers. While no official figures exist for this type of crime, key rural stakeholders such as NFU Mutual publish regular indicators of the level of the problem. Read more
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When an adult with learning disability goes missing: a mixed methods study to inform prevention and response

Individuals with learning disabilities can show wandering behaviours or have difficulties navigating independently, and with a reduced sense of danger they are vulnerable to a range of risks in the environment (e.g., roads/traffic, bodies of water, hiding) and victimisation. Read more
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The development of a risk assessment tool for under 18-year-olds who display harmful sexual behaviour, both offline and online

Around a third of sexual abuse is perpetrated by children and young people. However, current assessment tools have primarily been informed by what is known about the treatment needs of adult sexual offenders, and there is a lack of research involving young people and their families. Read more

Scotland’s diaspora – was there social justice for the ‘failed’ immigrant in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries?

The creation of clubs and societies organised around ethnicity characterised the Scottish diasporic experience, both for those who received alms and for those who sought a means through which to meet and socialise with other Scots. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Sociology and Social Policy

About the School of Sociology and Social Policy. In the School of Sociology and Social Policy we are passionate about research that makes a difference in society on a local, national and global level. Read more

Cultural and Indigenous rights surrounding mass graves

The recent discovery of suspected mass graves at Canadian residential schools designed to systematically assimilate Indigenous children, thereby destroying cultures, languages and possible ties with the land, indicates the issue is both pressing and current. Read more

Studying for a PhD in Humanities and Social Science

The University of Brighton has opened opportunities for self-funded PhD students in multiple areas of research in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Read more

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Sciences PhDs

Our research programmes offer you specialist knowledge in your chosen area of social science and an advanced level of skills. Working professionals may also be interested in the programmes we offer via our distance learning online courses. . Read more

Haunting Ecocide: Gothic Narratives of Environmental Crimes

Haunting Ecocides, an interdisciplinary funded PhD Scholarship at the University of Greenwich, is an exceptional opportunity for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research with world-leading experts in the fields of literature and criminology. Read more

PhD (School of Social Sciences) Doctorate

Study a PhD at the University of Bradford and contribute new and significant knowledge to the diverse field of social sciences. Read more

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