Postgraduate research 

Criminology PhD/MRes

Travel advice for postgraduate research students

The latest Scottish Government guidance confirms that most students should not plan to travel to term-time accommodation at this point. Where there is a time-sensitive element to your course, a small number of students will be able to travel.

There are some exceptions to this advice, with the following groups of students allowed to be on campus:

  • those who have remained over the winter break;
  • those whose attendance is critical and whose education cannot be delivered remotely or postponed, essential placements, or for reasons of student wellbeing

Please continue to observe the latest Scottish Government guidance and local restrictions.

If you are travelling to a term-time address from within the UK, you should book a test for the date of your arrival.

 

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Travel advice for international students

Semester began on 11 January and the majority of learning and teaching is being delivered online. The latest Scottish Government guidance confirms that most students should not plan to travel to term-time accommodation at this point. 

Unless you need to be at the University for in-person teaching, please delay your travel for now. We will update all students when the Scottish Government advise it is safe for students to travel.

From Monday 18 January, the small number of students who do travel to Scotland from abroad must:

  • have proof of a negative PCR test (or similar test with at least 99% specificity and 97% sensitivity for detecting COVID-19) taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. See the Scottish Government’s guide: Pre-departure coronavirus testing
  • self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Our International Student Support Team will provide assistance following arrival in Glasgow.
  • not book a Lateral Flow test at the University's testing centre.

Students who do fly into Glasgow are invited to complete the University’s Travel Plans form, which gives the option of an airport transfer.

Whether you join us in Glasgow or study from home, please know that we are with you every step of the way, and will do all that we can to ensure that your student journey at the University of Glasgow is both a successful and enjoyable one.

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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.

  • PhD: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time; Thesis of 70,000-100,000 words
  • MRes: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; Thesis of 12,000-15,000 words

Overview

Our staff are involved in many research projects and networks in Scotland, the UK, internationally. As well as guaranteeing support from postgraduate researcher supervisors at the cutting edge of the discipline, this creates opportunities for students to gain access to organisations ranging, for example, from the local police or prisons to the United Nations.

Glasgow is a founding partner and administrative base of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research which spans four Scottish universities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Strathclyde). For staff and postgraduate researchers, SCCJR opens up access to a wide range of activities and development opportunities.

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)
  • Security studies, including policing and regulation
  • Sentencing and the penal system, particularly imprisonment, parole and probation
  • Desistance from crime, rehabilitation and reintegration
  • Media, culture and representation of crime and punishment
  • Projects employing cultural criminology, critical criminology or feminist perspectives
  • Illicit markets, including 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, not just in established quantitative and qualitative methods, but also in mixed methods research and in more recent or emerging approaches such as creative, visual and digital methods.
  • Developing new theoretical, conceptual and interdisciplinary approaches to studying crime and justice.

We host and support numerous training and professional development activities for students, many of them student-led, often in collaboration with our partners in SCCJR – the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling and Strathclyde. We also offer a diverse programme of regular seminars and informal working lunches features 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)

MRes: For students who do not already have a Masters degree in relevant research methods, the PhD programme can include initial admission to our MRes in Criminology.

If you are new to Criminology as a subject, you might also want to consider one of our taught Masters programmes in Criminology rather than seeking direct entry to the PhD programme:

Contact us

  • For any questions about our PhD programme, please contact our Post Graduate Research Convenor: : Professor Fergus McNeill
  • For any questions about our Masters programmes, please contact our PGT Convenor: Dr Julie Berg

Entry requirements

Entry to our PhD programme generally requires a good 2.1 in a first degree or a merit or distinction in a Masters degree. It helps to have qualifications in criminology or a closely related subject (like law, psychology, social work or sociology) but this is not essential.

There are also English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Strong references, ideally from previous academic supervisors, are also usually required.

Applicants should submit:

  • Transcripts/degree certificates 
  • Two references (at least one of which should be from an academic sources, if possible)
  • A brief research proposal
  • A curriculum vitae
  • The name of a potential supervisor or supervisors

Fees and funding

Fees

2021/22

  • UK fee to be confirmed by ukri.org (2020/21 fee was £4,407)
  • International & EU: £19,350

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:

  • Re-submission by a research student £540
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,355
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £350
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £790

Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee (also known as research support costs) to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

Alumni discount

We offer a 10% discount to our alumni on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School with us. 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.

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2020/21 fees

  • £4,407 UK/EU
  • £18,370 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:

  • Re-submission by a research student £525
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,315
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £340
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £765

Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee (also known as research support costs) to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

Alumni discount

We offer a 20% discount to our alumni commencing study in Academic session 2020/21, on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. This discount can be awarded alongside other University scholarships. 

Funding for EU students

The Scottish Government has confirmed that fees for EU students commencing their studies 2020/21 will be at the same level as those for UK student.

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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.

How to apply

Identify potential supervisors

All Postgraduate Research Students are allocated a supervisor who will act 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. Please note, even if you have spoken to an academic staff member about your proposal you still need to submit an online application form.

You can find relevant academic staff members with our staff research interests search.


Gather your documents

Before applying please make sure you gather the following supporting documentation:

  1. Final or current degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  2. Degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed): scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  3. Two references on headed paper and signed by the referee. One must be academic, the other can be academic or professional. References may be uploaded as part of the application form or you may enter your referees contact details on the application form. We will then email your referee and notify you when we receive the reference.  We can also accept confidential references direct to rio-researchadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk, from the referee’s university or business email account.
  4. Research proposal, CV, samples of written work as per requirements for each subject area.

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