Research course


Lancaster University · Law

Entry requirements

An upper second class degree, or equivalent, and a viable research proposal. A Masters degree is desirable but not essential (the Law School may take into consideration attainment in dissertation modules and relevant work or other experience).

Months of entry


Course content

We welcome applications for PhD research degrees in all aspects of criminology. For students who wish to study for a shorter period, we also offer a two-year MPhil research degree.

As a research student you will be supervised by one or more of our academic staff, meeting them every couple of weeks to discuss your research (supervision via video-conferencing is available for students who are not based in Lancaster). Your supervisors will also give you guidance on preparing for conferences and writing for publication, as well as advice on academic and other careers. You will also undertake Faculty and School-based research training.

Criminology is researched and taught within Lancaster University Law School, which is a vibrant research environment where colleagues are engaged in all aspects of criminological research. You will be invited to attend the many guest lectures and seminars that we hold. We also host regular student-led seminars, arranged by the research students themselves for the discussion of work in progress.

Successful applications will contain a viable research proposal, and be focused on our areas of research expertise. Please check our staff profiles for precise areas of expertise:

Department specialisms

Research is organised primarily around our five research centres. These centres provide a focus for collaborative research activities and engagement with those outside of the University who might be interested in the findings of our research – including policy-makers, judges, lawyers and NGOs. Research centres Centre for Law and Society Centre for International Law and Human Rights Centre for Crime, Law and Justice Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law Centre for Child and Family Justice Research To learn more about our research centres please visit

Information for international students

IELTS: Overall 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for information on funding:

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 592465
+44 (0)1524 848137