Research course

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Bangor University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a related discipline is required. Students without a Masters degree in a relevant discipline will be required to undertake a taught research training programme in their first year. Students should submit a research outline which must be approved by the Course Director.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Social Sciences provides a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate training. The emphasis is on small groups, close working relationships between students and supervisors, and development towards full professional participation in the subject area. Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Bangor is focussed on comparative study at a number of cross-cultural levels: national, international and rural-urban comparisons are three of the most important ways in which comparative criminological work is undertaken. For research students we are able to provide both a full research training programme and high quality expert supervision across a broad spectrum of subjects.

Department specialisms

Staff research interests include: Youth homelessness and crime; Institutional child abuse; Critical approaches to law, crime and criminology; Sociology of law; Public opinion on crime and criminal justice; Penal policy; Rural criminology; Lay judges and jurors; Procedural justice; Popular legal culture, including film and TV; Victimology.

Information for international students

TOEFL or IELTS certificate may be required. English language courses available in the faculty.

Fees and funding

The School offers occasional scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Dr Julia Wardhaugh
01248 382222
01248 382085