Research course

Social Policy and Criminology

Institution
Open University · Department of Social Policy
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

PhD: Entry requirements vary according to the research topic and/or specific studentships. The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a masters degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you have a qualification from outside the UK, or you are not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us by email before applying. MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.

Globalisation, transnationalism and social welfare; Personal relationships, families, children and young people; Policing, punishment and justice; Social divisions, social identities and welfare; The changing nature of contemporary and historical welfare.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Department of Social Policy and Criminology is recognised nationally and internationally for its distinctive approach to teaching and research. We have a vibrant research culture, broadly drawing on critical constructivist and interdisciplinary approaches to both the study of, and research in, social policy and criminology, sustained through our commitment to producing scholarship and research.

The department has publications and research projects of national and international significance that can act as a catalyst for, and inform public dialogue on, critical issues in social policy and criminology, from the global to the local and everyday.

Many members of the department are actively involved in the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) (where we lead or are actively involved in the research programmes of Families, Relationships and Communities, and Migrations and Belongings), the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)and Openspace. Research students are also encouraged to join these centres and to take an active part in the department’s supportive and collegial research culture.

Key facts
  • A thriving interdisciplinary environment
  • Wide range of research interests
  • PhD students are encouraged to take part in one of our research centres (HERC or CCIG)

Department specialisms

Globalisation, transnationalism and social welfare; Personal relationships, families, children and young people; Policing, punishment and justice; Social divisions, social identities and welfare; The changing nature of contemporary and historical welfare.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months

MPhil

distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Ms Donna Collins
Email
socsci-spc-pg-admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 654534