Migrations, diasporas, transnational communities

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 discipline has extensive interests and an international profile in this field. It is engaged in a number of lived-experience, policy-, welfare- and criminologically related research projects.

Our substantive areas of interest include:

  • transnational family and kinship networks
  • transnational migrant networks, advocacy, activism
  • transnational institutional and professional communities
  • migration in relation to care, health and welfare provision
  • migration of young people for work, education or training
  • refugees services, advocacy and activism
  • criminalisation processes in relation to migrants and refugees (adults and children)
  • borders and surveillance

Research students connected to this area are encouraged to participate in the supportive and collegial research culture in the department and the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies. Staff in this research area are members of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative and Innovation, Knowledge and Development.

Both of these research initiatives warmly welcome Postgraduate Student participation.

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.