Law (22) Politics & Government (30)
 Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Programme

We invite applications for research study in any of our research clusters:

•             Applied Human Rights

•             Clinical and Professional Education

•             Criminal Justice Institutions

•             Enabling Vulnerable Groups

•             Good Governance and Democracy

•             Access to Justice and the Rule of Law

We are a very practice-oriented Department which emphasises the applied nature of our research that impacts on professional practice; academic practice; policy and practice; and the development and exchange of knowledge within a range of practice contexts.

We are inclusive of research, evaluation, scholarly activity and project work that is embedded within a culture of enquiry and evaluation.

The Department of Law and Criminology

As a researcher in the Department of Law and Criminology, you will be encouraged to join in the wider activities in the Department including joining research clusters, undertaking specialist training, and engaging in public events involving academics and policy makers.

You will be part of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, providing opportunities to develop innovative projects which have broader significance for community, national and international policy engagement.

The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

The Helena Kennedy Centre is a leading centre for social justice and human rights. Our central values are those of widening access to justice and education, the promotion of human rights, ethics in legal practice, equality and a respect for human dignity in overcoming social injustice.

We have research expertise in the following areas

•             Applied international human rights theory and practice

•             Clinical legal education

•             Criminal justice institutions, including probation, police and prisons

•             Governance and democracy

•             Access to justice

Join us in your search for new thinking because:

• We have extensive expertise in creating new knowledge and applying legal research to solve real world problems

• You will be supervised by a vibrant community of academics who are driven by the discovery of new knowledge

• Your research will be conducted alongside a diverse community of doctoral researchers from the globe who bring a wealth of international experience

• Our reputation for excellence is recognised through our high-quality research training, outputs from academic staff rated as internationally excellent and world-leading, and the support we offer our doctoral students.

Funding opportunities

We do not currently have any scholarships available and are only considering self-funded applications at this time. Please visit our website for more information

How to apply

Information on entry requirements, fees and other costs can be found on our online prospectus

For information on how to apply please visit

For general enquiries about our PhDs in Law and Criminology, please contact

Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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