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Criminology MPhil

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Programme description

The Manchester Law School is combines a commitment to research excellence with a focus on the intellectual and pastoral development of its students.   The School has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, accommodating scholars from a range of different disciplines (law, sociology, criminology, bioethics, philosophy, politics, economics).  The School is proud to host a number of research centres that support the research aspirations of staff and graduate research students.  These include the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP), the Centre of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Manchester Centre for Regulation and the Institute of Law and Development.  The School is  proud to be a member of the Economic and Social Research Council  doctoral training centre and approved by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to award funded studentships.

Our research students are provided with extensive research support and training by the School and by The Faculty of Humanities. In addition, research students are provided with two academic supervisors to, as well as an adviser to provide pastoral support.

Coursework and assessment

For the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) you must successfully complete a period of supervised research and training, the results of which show convincing evidence of your capacity to pursue research and scholarship, and which represent original work that is appropriately located within a wider field of knowledge and investigation.  You must prepare a thesis of not more than 50,000 words and also satisfy the examiners in an oral examination on the subject of the thesis. 

Scholarships and bursaries

Various funding opportunities are available to research students. Details of available funding can be found on our postgraduate research funding page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: