PhD Criminology

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Duration
3 years (full-time); 6 years (part-time)
Entry requirements

Applicants must have minimum qualifications of a good upper second class honours degree with minimum grade average of 65% (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, and a Masters degree at Merit level in Law or relevant discipline with minimum grade average of 65% in taught modules and a minimum mark of 65% in the dissertation/research element, no mark below 55% plus prior research methods training at postgraduate level.  

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold either an overall IELTS IBT score of 7.0, with a minimum writing score of 7.0 and no further score below 6.5, or an overall TOEFL IBT score of 100-106 with a minimum writing score of 24. The certification must have been awarded within two years prior to entry.   

The documents that applicants are required to submit to constitute a full application are outlined on our postgraduate research application page .

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme overview

  • Pursue state of the art doctoral research investigating a diverse array of social and criminological issues.
  • Work in an environment that supports intellectual and personal development.
  • Receive extensive research support and training by the School and by the Faculty of Humanities.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

For more information, see Open Days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £19,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £9,500

Scholarships/sponsorships

We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September. If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying.

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our  database search tool .

The UK government has confirmed that doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs and equivalent doctoral programmes including professional doctorates from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, are eligible.

If you wish to be considered for funding available via the  Research Council and the School Studentships you must submit your complete programme application by 2 December 2019.

Please note that you are required to contact your referees (the School does not contact referees directly).

References may be uploaded with your other supporting documents during the application process or emailed directly to research-law @manchester.ac.uk

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Mrs Laura Littlewood
Telephone
+ 44 (0)161 306 1279
Facsimile
+ 44 (0)161 275 4724
Email
Website
https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/
School/Faculty

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants must have minimum qualifications of a good upper second class honours degree with minimum grade average of 65% (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, and a Masters degree at Merit level in Law or relevant discipline with minimum grade average of 65% in taught modules and a minimum mark of 65% in the dissertation/research element, no mark below 55% plus prior research methods training at postgraduate level.  

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold either an overall IELTS IBT score of 7.0, with a minimum writing score of 7.0 and no further score below 6.5, or an overall TOEFL IBT score of 100-106 with a minimum writing score of 24. The certification must have been awarded within two years prior to entry.   

The documents that applicants are required to submit to constitute a full application are outlined on our postgraduate research application page .

English language

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold a minimum overall score of 7 in the IELTS test with 7 in writing and no subsection below 6.5, or an equivalent score in the IBT- TOEFL, PEARSON, or Cambridge CAE.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Research students may commence their studies in September or January (with September being the main admissions date).

Potential applicants should contact members of the Centre before submitting a formal application. We encourage you to identify which members of the Centre best match your research interests, and to contact potential supervisors with well thought out ideas about the research you would like to undertake. The profiles of our criminology staff can be found here .

We strongly advise that you apply as soon as possible in order to be guaranteed a place on the course.

Applications should include:

  • PhD research proposal
  • Two academic references (including one from your most recent institution)
  • Degree transcripts - listing your individual marks for your undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications
  • An up to date CV

How your application is considered

Once a full application (application form along with all supporting documents) has been received by the School, it will then be passed to academic staff for their consideration.

Several factors will be taken into consideration when the decision to offer a place or not is made.  The academic merit of the applicant will be one.  Other important factors will be whether or not the topic chosen is appropriate for study at PhD level; whether the University's library facilities are adequate to support that study; and whether there is a member of staff available who has the expertise to supervise the chosen topic.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

Potential applicants should contact the School of Social Sciences before submitting a formal application. We encourage you to identify which members of the academic team that best match your research interests, and to contact potential supervisors with well thought out ideas about the research you would like to undertake. The profiles of our criminology staff can be found here .

The School has specialists in research clustered around five key themes : drugs - markets, policies and consumption; violence and the aftermath of violence; fraud, white collar and organised crime; social exclusion, insecurity and policing; and justice innovation and law reform.

The School welcomes 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, amongst others.

In addition, there is extensive expertise in a range of methodologies including biographical and narrative approaches to interviewing, ethnography, psychosocial case analysis, network analysis, deliberative methods, qualitative and quantitative longitudinal research, survey design and applied statistical analysis, programme evaluation, historical and policy analysis. You will therefore have access to cutting edge approaches to researching criminological issues.

Aims

  • Engage in state of the art doctoral research investigating a diverse array of social and criminological issues.
  • Work closely with research centres which specialise in research clustered around five key themes: drugs, violence, fraud, social exclusion and justice innovation.

Special features

The University of Manchester School of Social Sciences is a proud member of the North West Economic and Social Research Council doctoral training partnership and approved by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to award funded studentships. Both of which provide extensive training across the region. The School is also a member of the N8 Policing Research Partnership.

We are also able to host Commonwealth and Fullbright Scholarships, as well as annually advertised School funded studentships in addition to industry and public sector funded PhDs.

Teaching and learning

Distinguished academic researchers working at the forefront of their disciplines lead our research programmes, ensuring your qualification comes with a reputation that will open doors across the world. Our research activities and postgraduate research programmes are also informed by close partnerships with organisations from many different sectors.

Coursework and assessment

For the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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 to make an original contribution and substantial addition to knowledge.  You must prepare a substantial thesis, usually of not more than 80,000 words and also satisfy the examiners in an oral examination on the subject of the thesis. The subject is chosen by the candidate, but must be approved by the School's Research Committee. 

Scholarships and bursaries

The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for master's study. To find out more please visit our master's funding opportunity search page .

Facilities

The University of Manchester Library is the third-largest university library in the UK, only Oxford and Cambridge (both non-deposit libraries) are larger.

Manchester's vast resources include over four million books and journals, and the largest collection of electronic databases in the UK. This means the materials you need for your research are immediately available to you.

You will benefit greatly from our ongoing investment in the best research facilities, as well as a dynamic research culture that encourages innovative, cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in academia and other criminological professions and associated fields.