Postgraduate research opportunities 

Crime, Justice and Security

A vibrant research community in criminology supports students to become excellent researchers who are theoretically informed and actively engaged in the public debate about crime and justice.

Overview

Our staff are involved in numerous research projects at UK, European and International levels which create opportunities for students to gain access to and network with organisations ranging from the local police to the United Nations. We are a founding partner of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and home of the Trafficking Culture programme.

Areas of research interest which could offer opportunities for research supervision include:

  • >Young people, crime and youth justice (especially youth violence and gangs)
  • Gender, crime and justice (especially young female offenders, gendered violence)
  • Organised crime and white collar crime
  • Security studies, including transnational policing and regulation
  • Sentencing and punishment, particularly imprisonment, parole and probation
  • Desistance from crime, rehabilitation and reintegration in theory and practice
  • Media, culture and representation of crime and punishment
  • Projects employing cultural criminology, critical criminology or feminist theory perspectives
  • The contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects

Our research degrees offer unique opportunities:

  • Collaborating with and access to those working in and making justice policy in Scotland, Europe and beyond
  • Training in research methods and skills, including in novel and emerging approaches such as visual, digital and qualitative methods

We host and support numerous training and professional development activities for students, many of them student led (such as our annual away weekend for PhD students). A diverse programme of seminars and working lunches feature leading scholars in the field as well as regular student contributions.

Study options

PhD in Criminology*: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time. Thesis length 70,000-100,000 words
(*Students may enrol in either the PhD in Sociology or PhD Criminology)

MPhil: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. Thesis length 30,000-40,000 words

MRes: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. Thesis length 12,000-15,000 words (students take more methodological training course modules than the MSc to establish a research skills platform for PhD level study)

MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. Thesis length 12,000-15,000 words (students take more substantive criminological course modules than the MRes)

MSc in Transnational Crime, Justice and Security: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. Thesis length 12,000-15,000 words (students have core courses covering globalised crime and justice issues)

For questions about Masters level options, please contact Prof Simon Mackenzie Masters Convenor; for questions about PhD level study, contact Dr Sarah Armstrong PhD Criminology Convenor.

Supervisors

All our postgraduate research students are allocated a supervisor who acts as the main source of academic support and research mentoring.

You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for PhD study are generally a good 2.1 degree or equivalent.

It is strongly advised (and essential if funding is sought) that applicants contact a member of staff working in their planned research area to discuss the proposal and application.

Required documentation

Applicants should submit:

  • Transcripts/degree certificate 
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

Fees

2016/17

  • £4,121 UK/EU
  • £15,250 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £440
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £890
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £140
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £250
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

2017/18

  • £4,195 UK/EU*
  • £16,000 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

* We expect that tuition fees for EU students entering in 2017 will continue to be set at the same level as that for UK students.  However, future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.  If you are thinking of applying for 2017 entry, we would encourage you to do so in the usual way. For further information, please see the Research Councils UK statement on international collaboration and Universities UK Brexit FAQs for universities and students.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £460
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £260
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Support

The College of Social Sciences Graduate School draws together internationally recognised scholars and respected practitioners to offer a range of research programmes.

Our programmes are based on thorough training in research methods and we encourage you to take part in numerous exciting seminars, conferences and events. We offer modern library, IT services and a wide-range of support services. You will be living in one of Europe’s most exciting cities which has a vibrant cultural and social life

Our Graduate School Researcher Development Programme will support you to plan your professional development over the course of your PhD and ensure your employability.

For more information get in touch with us at  socsci-gradschool@glasgow.ac.uk.