University of Huddersfield

Criminology/Criminal Justice PhD

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A full time PhD is a three year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 to 100,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry Requirements

The normal level of attainment required for consideration for entry is:

  • a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable

Career Prospects

Career opportunities after completing Criminology/Criminal Justice PhD

  • Civil service administrator.
  • Community development worker.
  • Crime scene investigator.
  • Detective.
  • Police officer.
  • Prison officer.
  • Probation officer.
  • Social worker.

Course Details

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas

Research Topics

Counter-Extremism Policy
Crime analysis and crime in micro-places
Crime and the decision to move house
Designing future cities to resist terrorist threat
Designing out anti-social behaviour: What impact can designing out crime have on anti-social behaviour?
Global South, Comparative, and Transnational Criminology
Green criminology, environmental and nonhuman animal harm
Immigration and crime
Investigative decision making and the historic case
Mental Health Literacy in UK Policing
Nudge psychology and evidence-based policing
Public Perceptions’ of Paedophile Hunter Activities
Quantitative criminology and victimisation
Sex/high risk offenders’ reintegration and desistance
The study of crime in micro-places
The ‘Crime Drop’
Transitional Justice, Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), and Peacebuilding
Urban designers’ views on crime prevention
Workplace violence and workplace safety climate

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