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Psychology (31) Sociology (32)

  PhD programme in Criminology, Forensic Psychology, and Sociology


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 Monday, July 11, 2022
 Funded PhD Programme (UK Students Only)

About the Programme

The multidisciplinary Department of Law and Criminology has an active research culture spanning criminology, forensic psychology, law, social policy, sociology, and social work. Staff and postgraduate students work together in research clusters to organise events, submit funding applications, publish, and create a supportive research environment across four main research themes of: Crime and Punishment; Families and Children; Health and Social Care; and Rights and Freedoms.

We have a community of around 50 PhD students pursuing cutting-edge research and undertaking advanced training in a friendly and stimulating environment. Some students work within their own disciplines (such as criminology, forensic psychology, and sociology) but a benefit of a multidisciplinary environment is the opportunity to draw on the work of other disciplines to inform your own research, and for those perspectives to challenge your ideas and assumptions.

One competitive scholarship is available for a Home (British national) student. Candidates with a background in criminology, psychology/forensic psychology, or sociology are encouraged to apply for the scholarships. Candidates must:

  • Have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • Have a Masters-level qualification (or be completing by September 2023), preferably including advanced research methods training.
  • Have excellent interpersonal communication skills, drive and initiative.

For information on how to apply for a research degree, please review the Entry Requirements section through the following link and follow the step-by-step guide:

For applications to the Department of Law and Criminology (for Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Sociology)

Please review the Departmental webpages to identify an appropriate supervisor, and discuss your ideas with them, before submitting a full application. The deadline for applications to Royal Holloway, University of London 9am GMT on Monday 11th July 2022. Eligible applicants will be contacted by the Department. Interviews to take place in the week of 11th July.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Emily Glorney (Emily.Glorney[at]

Funding Notes

The Department of Law and Criminology offers a full scholarship (home fees + maintenance in the amount of £16,000 per year for 3.5 years). Please consult our webpage on funding for more information:

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