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Change lives and shape futures with a PhD in Criminology.
Enjoy the challenge of independent research with a focus on crime, criminal justice and criminological issues.
As a doctoral candidate you'll become part of a vibrant and supportive research community, with opportunities to make a real impact with your research.
Our environment supports intellectual and personal development and our expertise spans a wide range of methodologies, guarenteeing you access to cutting edge approaches to researching criminological issues.
We invest in the best ideas and brightest minds you'll receive a comprehensive portfolio of support and training to help you reach your aspirations and develop as an intellectual leader.
Our research areas
We have specialists in research clustered around five key themes::
We especially welcome applications that fit with the particular specialisms of our research staff. For example, we currently have grants in the areas of desistance, fraud, drugs, cryptomarkets, modern slavery, corruption, organised crime, policing and punishment, among others.
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You can also find out more our Criminology PhD programme on our course profile:
Funding your research
We offer a number of funding opportunities for talented individuals to undertake doctoral training with us, including School studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar Award. All successful applicants who apply for their programme before 2 December 2019 are automatically considered for this funding.
In some circumstances departments may consider applications received after the December deadline but providing a complete application is received by Friday 31 January at the very latest.
If you're from the UK or EU you can also apply for funding with the ESRC or AHRC, but these are also subject to deadlines. Please check the studentship page for details on associated deadlines and links to the application form.
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Developing intellectual leaders
We're not here simply to ‘supervise' – we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.
To enable you to integrate and thrive with us, you'll be supported by a dedicated Researcher Development Team throughout your PhD and beyond.
You'll benefit from world-class professional training opportunities:
We provide support for several activities related to your PhD, including:
You'll also be encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.
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