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:
- 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.