Regulation, governance, policy process

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 undertakes active and extensive research in this area. We have expertise in globalisation, transnationalism and social policy; the links between educational policy and society which deal with education, poverty, social class and/or identity; and urban policy, particularly as examined through the lens of poverty and problematised spaces, racial and other forms of exclusion.

Substantive research interests include:

  • global social policy
  • historical development of welfare politics, policies and practices
  • conflicts over future development of welfare states and systems
  • modes of governing welfare and public services
  • contested social relations of welfare, nationally and transnationally
  • poverty, families and welfare
  • devolution, nationalism and social policy
  • critical engagement with the notion of ‘community’
  • music subcultures, gambling, substance use and prohibition drug polities

Many staff are members of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative and Innovation, Knowledge and Development (research centre).  Research students are encouraged to participate in the supportive and collegial research culture in the discipline.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent); a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any of the four categories (or approved equivalent).

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: £4,712 per year Full time: £11,958 per year
Part time: £2,356 per year Part time: £5,979 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

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