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PhD Criminology / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2020

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.


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.