Research course

Criminology (PhD)

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.

Information for international students

IELTS overall 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    (part-time and distance learning options are also available)

Course contact details

Law Admissions
+44 (0)1524 592215