Entry requirements

Normally you will be expected to hold a Master's award in a relevant area.

Months of entry

September, May, February

Course content

The School welcomes enquiries relating to the fields of psychology, criminology and sociology. Areas of research in which staff are currently active include occupational health among criminal justice professionals, forensic psychology, penal regimes and penal policy, more broadly, terrorism and policing. In line with the University's national research assessment strategy, and our success in the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, research students interested in the following areas are particularly welcome: community safety, penal policy and human rights, policy evaluation, policing policy, prison regime, representations of crime in the media, and young people, social exclusion and the criminal justice system (CJS).

Key Facts

The School of Social Sciences offers supervision if you wish to pursue research programmes for the award of a PhD degree. You may undertake your research either full-time or part-time. If you are accepted for a PhD programme you will be assigned to a Director of Studies. At least one second supervisor will also be appointed.

As a research student in social sciences you will join a thriving research community and be part of one of the University’s research centres of excellence. The Centre for Applied Criminology is led by one of the UK’s leading Criminologists, Professor David Wilson.

You will be encouraged to publish in collaboration with your supervisors and to take part in research conferences.

Department specialisms

Politics, public policy, psychology, housing, sociology, law and criminolgy. In particular prison reform, prison education, British foreign policy, changing local governence, public services management, young people and education, community safety, penal policy and human rights, policy evaluation, policing policy, crime in the media, social exclusion and the criminal justice system.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,115 per year (FT)
International students
£12,000 per year (FT)

Postgraduate students must find ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs rather than relying on government grants and loans. We offer further information on possible financial support.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-60 months
part time
Up to 72 months
distance learning
Up to 72 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+ 44 (0)121 331 5595