Research course


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

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have minimum qualifications of a good upper second class honours degree with minimum grade average of 65% (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, and a Masters degree at Merit level in Law or relevant discipline with minimum grade average of 65% in taught modules and a minimum mark of 65% in the dissertation/research element, plus prior research methods training at postgraduate level.

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold either an overall IELTS IBT score of 7.0, with a minimum writing score of 7.0, or an overall TOEFL IBT score of 100-106 with a minimum writing score of 24. The certification must have been awarded within two years prior to entry.

The documents that applicants are required to submit to constitute a full application are outlined on our postgraduate research application page.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice has an international reputation for doctoral and post-doctoral research and hosts around 30 PhD candidates each year. The programme is ideal for those looking to undertake state of the art doctoral research investigating a diverse array of social and criminological issues. The Centre specialises in research clustered around five key themes : Drugs: Markets, policies and consumption; Violence and the aftermath of violence; Fraud, white collar and organised crime; Social exclusion, insecurity and policing; and, Justice innovation and law reform. The Centre 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, the Centre has 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. Candidates 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
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    MPhil's and PhD's supervised international experts in their fields.

Course contact details

School of Law
+44 (0)161 306 1279