PHD Law and Criminology

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2024/25
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PHD

Law and Criminology

Full-time Law

Undertake a period of intensive, supervised study – where you critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic and make an original contribution to knowledge.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £4,786 per year
    International/EU: £17,205 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    October 2024
    February 2025
    May 2025


Where will I study?

This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus.

Course summary

Your research will take place in the Department of Law and Criminology. We are a group of approximately 80 academics specialising in a wide range of research areas. 
We have particular research interests in

  • desistance and recovery
  • criminal justice institutions
  • human rights and social justice
  • socio-legal studies
  • learning and teaching

Please note: We offer three enrolment periods each year: October, February, and May. For the October intake, international and home applicants should apply by the end of June. For the February intake, international applicants should apply by the end of October and home applicants by the end of November. For the May intake, international applicants should apply by 20 December and home applicants by the end of February. For further information contact: Social-economic-pgr@shu.ac.uk.


How you learn

Your supervisory team will include a Director of Studies – as well as one or more second supervisors with expertise in your research area. Much of the work for your degree will be carried out independently, so you’ll need the initiative, motivation and commitment to succeed. Your supervisors will help you to define your research programme, agree any associated training requirements, and provide direction while encouraging you to develop as an independent researcher.
 

Applied learning

You can use a range of methodologies for your thesis. Some students use a doctrinal method to undertake legal scholarship. Many other students have interactions with members of communities, groups and industry – using techniques including case studies, interviews and surveys, as well as real-client and simulated-client interactions as a basis for their data collection.

Live projects

You’ll be part of an active research community in the Law and Criminology Department, College and wider university. This gives you a range of opportunities to take part in seminars, reading groups, writing retreats and collaborative projects. 

The Law and Criminology Group conduct research projects and publish academic papers and monographs across a range of disciplines – unified by a common concern with human rights and social justice. 

You’ll be part of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, a leading centre for social justice and human rights. With the support of the centre, you’ll be able to develop innovative projects which have broader significance for community, national and international policy engagement.

Networking opportunities

You’ll be part of Hallam's community of researchers – with opportunities to attend and contribute to a range of disciplines, presentations, training and conferences. You’ll be encouraged to join in the wider activities in the department – including joining research clusters, undertaking specialist training, and engaging in public events involving academics and policy makers.

There are regular research training events, seminars and informal meetings where you can practise delivering conference papers in a supportive environment. Funds are available to support you in attending conferences and we encourage you to deliver papers and publish your work.

Our research and knowledge exchange activities are coordinated through the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice. Here we retain strong links with organisations such as probation services and police forces nationally and internationally. These connections form the basis for criminal justice related research projects. We also have strong links with international human rights organisations – supporting our work in India and across the human rights spectrum.


Future careers

Research degrees are essential qualifications for many academic careers. You’ll develop a range of transferable skills which are applicable to many employment sectors. Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in the academic, legal professions and associated fields.

This course prepares you for a career in

  • government department advice
  • local government
  • various business-related roles
  • consultancy

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

Our PhD students are based in the Heart of the Campus building – a modern office space with a dedicated resources room to help create a supportive and collegial space, with easy access to support staff and academic colleagues. Our students have access to computing facilities to help them complete their studies, along with a suite of training and on-hand experts to guide their development as researchers.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

All applicants should hold a strong, relevant undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant masters qualification (merit and above).

Application

To apply, candidates must submit a fully complete online application including:

  • A research proposal. This should include an outline of the research questions/area, aim of the project, an understanding of the current knowledge/literature and context, the proposed methodology, the potential impact and contribution to knowledge of your project and referencing key background literature. The maximum word count is 1,500 words.
  • A personal statement - In submitting your personal statement, you must answer these 4 questions. We recommend no more than 200 words for each question, and include specific examples from your previous experiences (academic and professional). We want to learn more about you.
    1. What relevant skills and experience do you have which you feel would help you undertake this research project? (200 words maximum).
    2. How did you come up with your project proposal? (200 words maximum).
    3. What opportunities do you think the doctorate will give you? (200 words maximum).
    4. Provide an example demonstrating your approach to engaging with new experiences or ideas. This can be an example from your studies, work, or personal experiences. (200 words maximum).
  • Copies of qualifications, certificates, and results transcripts.
  • Details of two referees who can comment on your academic ability and readiness for PhD study.
  • Copies of your passport and any relevant visas, for international applicants.

All suitable candidates are invited to an interview which can take place in-person or online. You will be asked questions about the project proposal and your interest in PhD level study. You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research to inform the development of your research proposal and to ensure it aligns with our research themes.

International Students (Additional Information)

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate their English language proficiency through one of the following:

1. Recent academic IELTS demonstrating an overall score of 7.0 or above with no score below 6.5 in the other components or equivalent. Recent means that your IELTS results must have been awarded two years preceding your doctoral programme's start date.

2. Educated with a UK Master's degree level (merit and above) within one year preceding your doctoral programme's start date.

Please note that UKVI provide a list of countries exempt from the language entry requirements. If you are a national of one of these countries you will not need to provide evidence as listed above.

Students who are based overseas may be able to study for a PhD by Distance Learning, subject to establishing a satisfactory distance learning agreement, as part of the application process.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £4,786 per year.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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