Research course


Swansea University · College of Law and Criminology

Entry requirements

  • Normally an excellent master’s degree, preferably in law. Exceptional performance at undergraduate level will be considered.
  • PhD: As a minimum candidates are normally required to have an excellent master’s degree, preferably in Law.
  • Exceptional performance at undergraduate level will be considered.
  • English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

We invite applications from well-qualified candidates whose research interests correspond to our areas of research expertise focused around the following research groupings:

Research Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology, established in 1994, is a focus for criminological research in the College of Law and Criminology and for collaboration with other Colleges at Swansea, universities and other partners.

The strategic vision of the Centre is:

  • to generate new applied criminological research-based knowledge,
  • to promote the collective and individual research interests of Centre staff through collaborative (often inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional) and partnership working,
  • to conduct externally funded applied criminological research of international excellence and to increase the international recognition of the Centre and its staff in this respect.

Staff in the Centre are research active and have research interests in a wide range of areas including: community-based supervision, offender management, cyber-terrorism, sex work, youth justice policy and practice, substance use, and sex offender policy and treatment.

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page:

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

College of Law and Criminology
+44 (0)1792 295313