Crime, harm, criminalisation and criminal justice

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

The Social Policy and Criminology is recognised for critical scholarship, that challenges assumptions about ‘crime’, ‘the criminal’ and/or ‘justice’ and critically interrogates criminology as a discipline. Substantive areas of interest include:

  • policing practices, integrity, and/or ethics
  • counterinsurgency and political policing
  • empirical examinations of prison life and its harms
  • penal policy, punishment and justice
  • corporate and/or state crimes and harms
  • corporate and/or state power and the research process
  • colonialism and coloniality
  • the Global North/South
  • music subcultures, countercultures and social movements
  • intersections between urban culture and crime and justice
  • governance of disengaged youth
  • responses to the economic crisis
  • criminalisation of homelessness
  • harms to non-human animals
  • sexual and other forms of violence
  • gendered harms in social justice movements
  • substance use and prohibitionist drug policies
  • illegal drugs
  • gambling
  • Scottish nationalism and criminal justice policies

Many staff are members of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative. Research students are encouraged to participate in the supportive and collegial research culture of the discipline.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential research projects

We are open to receiving proposals on a wide range of research projects on this broad topic.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Rossana Perez del Aguila Coda, SPC Postgraduate Convenor
Email: FASS-SocialPolicyCriminology-Enquiries

Apply now

If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.