Research course


University of Kent · School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
MPhilPhDMA by research

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or MA in criminology, criminal justice or a related social science discipline. .

Months of entry


Course content

Criminology has a long and distinguished tradition at Kent with its research base in the Crime, Culture and Control Cluster and the Kent Crime and Justice Centre.

The MA was founded by the world-famous criminologist, the late Professor Jock Young. You will be lectured, supervised and tutored by a team of scholars and researchers internationally renowned for their world-class teaching and publications.

Criminology is an important part of the activities of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR), which is one of the four top institutions of its kind in the UK as ranked by the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises. In 2012 we were awarded the first National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology by the British Criminology Society in recognition of our innovative approach.

Across SSPSSR, there is a breadth and depth of research expertise and we can offer high-quality supervision in a wide range of areas in criminology. There are further details on the research activities and publications of individual members of staff and the School’s research units on our website. All research students take a research training programme with the School or Graduate School. Our MA by Research, MPhil and PhD programmes benefit from the strong research culture and expertise in the School.

Research Areas: Our research areas are listed below; wider research areas are also available from our European partner institutions

Crime, Control and Culture

kent Crime and Justice Centre

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Visit our website for information about funding, including scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (subject enquiries)
+44 (0) 1227 823684
+44 (0) 1227 827 005