Criminology

PhD

  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • Duration Full time 36 Months, Part time 48 Months

Overview

We welcome applications for PhD research degrees in a wide range of criminological topics. For students who wish to study for a shorter period, we also offer a two-year MPhil research degree.

As a research student you will be supervised by one or more of our academic staff, meeting with them periodically to discuss your research and progress (supervision via video-conferencing is available for students who are not based in Lancaster). Your supervisors are also able to give you guidance on preparing for conferences and writing for publication, as well as advice on academic and other careers. You will also undertake Faculty based research training.

Criminology is researched and taught within Lancaster University Law School, which is a vibrant research environment where many colleagues are engaged in numerous aspects of criminological research. You will be invited to attend any guest lectures and seminars hosted by the School, as well as encouraged to join and participate in the activities of the Law School’s different research groups and centres. We also host student-led seminars, arranged by the research students themselves for the discussion of work in progress.

Please check our staff profiles for precise areas of expertise.

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Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

Bachelor's degree: an upper second class honours degree (UK or equivalent) in any background

Master's degree: a good masters degree in any background

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you will also need to provide a viable research proposal. Guidance can be found on our writing a research proposal webpage.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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