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History
History of crime, policing and criminal justice

History of crime, policing and criminal justice

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

Within the History discipline at The Open University a specific research group is devoted to the study of criminal justice history: the International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice (ICHCPJ). This centre aims to promote and facilitate research into criminal justice history around the world and to generate the exchange of ideas between academics, criminal justice practitioners and serving police personnel. This is achieved via seminars, conferences, publications and the provision of specialist archive facilities.

We have links with police research centres in Europe and the Antipodes, an ongoing project on the globalisation of policing, our own police records archive, and links to heritage institutions in the UK. We have a record of securing major funding, and of successfully supervising students. We invite proposals on any aspect of the development of UK, European or colonial police forces, on crime and/or deviancy, and on systems of punishment from 1750 to the present.

Members of the centre are also active participants in the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR), located in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This cooperation brings together cross-faculty expertise in areas as diverse as youth justice and forensic psychology.

For more information on the research interests of members, archival holdings, and recent doctoral research projects, please visit the ICHCPJ website.

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us.

Entry requirements

Most successful applicants to the PhD programme have a masters degree in history or a related discipline, and/or a first class history degree with a substantial original-source dissertation. However, applicants can still be considered provided they demonstrate evidence of the ability to pursue research and write at a high level in some historical field.

Current/recent research projects

  • Ashley Paton, Conceptions of Marital Violence in Victorian Glasgow
  • Jack Taylor, Sexual Violence against men c.1760–1860

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,500 per year Full time: £11,426 per year
Part time: £2,250 per year Part time: £5,715 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.

Links

Vintage picture of a police officer
 

How to apply

Get in touch

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

Dr Luc-André Brunet
Email: FASS-History-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 653266

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