Research course


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

Entry requirements

Normally a good Second Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant discipline is required, and/or Masters-level qualifications; applications from those without these qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. For PhD programmes we normally require a good Second Class Honours degree and a Merit, or the overseas equivalent, at postgraduate level in a relevant discipline, plus prior research training at postgraduate level. The documents that applicants are required to submit to constitute a full application are outlined on the School's website.

Criminology and Criminal Justice Research

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

The Manchester Law School is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the UK and has considerable strengths in major areas of teaching and research. There are three major disciplines within the School - with Criminology and Socio Legal Studies being one. The School contains the Centre of Criminology & Criminal Justice, with teaching and research offered by recognised experts in these fields.

The School of Law at Manchester has a reputation for consistent excellence in research. Our students have access to one of the best libraries in the country, a wide variety of web-based resources and the School's active research seminar programmes. All research students are required to undergo formal training in research methods, which is provided by the School and by The Faculty of Humanities.

Department specialisms

Violence; Homicide; Drugs & Alcohol; Gangs; Domestic Violence; GIS; Policing; Sex Offenders; Psychology and Crime; Eye Witness Testimony; Evaluation

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 7, or TOEFL 625 paper-based with a score of 5 in the test for written English, or TOEFL 106 internet-based, or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C.

Fees and funding

Self-funded graduates of the Manchester School of Law will receive a loyalty discount of 20% on their annual tuition fees when they register for the programme.

Various funding opportunities are available to students taking the 3 year PhD programme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Admissions Secretary
+44 (0)161 306 1279