Research course


The University of Manchester · Centre for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants must have minimum qualifications of a good upper second class honours Bachelor's degree with minimum grade average of 65% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant discipline, and a Master's degree at Merit level in a relevant discipline with minimum grade average of 65% in taught modules and a minimum mark of 65% in the dissertation/research element, no mark below 55%.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Department of Criminology has specialists in research around five key themes:

  • Fraud, white-collar and organised crime;
  • Prisons, punishment and policing;
  • Inequalities connected to offending and victimisation;
  • Violence and its aftermath;
  • Drug markets, consumption and policy.

The School welcomes applications that fit with the particular specialisms of our research staff. For example, we currently have grants in the areas of desistance, fraud, drugs, cryptomarkets, modern slavery, corruption, organised crime, policing and punishment, amongst others.

In addition, there is extensive expertise in a range of methodologies including:

  • biographical and narrative approaches to interviewing;
  • ethnography;
  • psychosocial case analysis;
  • network analysis;
  • deliberative methods;
  • qualitative and quantitative longitudinal research;
  • survey design and applied statistical analysis;
  • programme evaluation;
  • historical and policy analysis.

You will therefore have access to cutting edge approaches to researching criminological issues.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences