Research degrees

The Department offers two research degrees: the MPhil and the PhD. Research students engage in supervised research leading to the production of a thesis which is presented for examination.

Candidates are normally expected to have a Master's degree or a good (First Class or 2.2) under-graduate degree. Find out more in our PGRS Booklet - Criminology

Topics studied by our research students include:

  • Policing and multi-agency approaches to street sex work: examining policing and applying social control theory
  • The motivation and needs of transgender sex workers and their experience of hate crime
  • Developing a sustainable peer mentoring framework in the context of street-based sex work
  • Exploring the perceptions of legal and substantive rights of women in Kuwait
  • Evaluating a new system for diverting young people from the formal youth justice system
  • "Legitimacy" in relationships between young people and adults in a community crime prevention context
  • Understanding offending by young Muslim males
  • A longitudinal study of the frequency and prevalence of substance use by young people.
  • Bare-knuckle boxing.

We strive to provide an environment in which academic and intellectual development flourishes. The department offers research students the opportunity to develop their employability teaching skills by leading undergraduate seminars and delivering guest lectures.  Research students who teach:

  • Attend two bespoke staff development sessions
  • Are mentored by academic staff and trained to mark assessments; and
  • Participate in a peer review scheme.

Wales Doctoral Training Centre

The Department of Criminology is part of a national network of training centres accredited and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to promote excellence in postgraduate training.

The Wales Doctoral Training Centre, a partnership with the universities of Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, is one of of 21 Doctoral Training Centres across the UK judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.

A central feature of the Wales DTC is the research training provision offered. Students receive a mix of generic research training (in, for example, qualitative and quantitative methods) and subject specific research training in which we focus on applying research methods to Criminological enquiry.

What our students say

"My time within the Criminology department, at both MA and PhD level, has proven stimulating and highly enjoyable. I have been struck by the academic expertise demonstrated by staff and the pastoral concern they exhibit towards postgraduate students. My supervisors were approachable, generous with their time and always ready to share their knowledge and insights. I have benefited hugely from the wide range of experiences including the teaching of seminars and various opportunities to present at conferences. Suffice to say I cannot recommend postgraduate study within the Criminology department highly enough. You won’t regret applying!"

Avoen Perryman, PhD Student

Research enquiries

Email Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator for Criminology Mrs Lella Nouri-Bennett

Or Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor Professor Tracey Sagar