Ph.D. in Criminology

Research overview

The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) is a multi-disciplinary department with an extensive range of research activity, pure and applied. A number of our staff are leading figures in their fields of scholarship. Our researchers work to enhance and develop knowledge and understanding in the broad field of criminal justice and criminological studies, including research into criminology and criminal justice studies, counter fraud, community justice, police, forensics and investigation, security and risk management, and criminal psychology. Research within the field of Law and Criminology may also be closely linked to research within the Department of Psychology.

Specialist centers

  • Centre for the Study of Missing Persons
  • Centre for Counter Fraud Studies
  • Centre for Forensic Interviewing

Research areas

The School welcomes applications from candidates wishing to pursue a higher degree by research. We can provide supervision across a range of areas, including Risk, Security, and Counter Fraud, Policing Crime and Investigating, Youth Crime and Social Justice, Probation and Offender Rehabilitation and Cyber Security/Crime.

Professional Doctorates

The Institute also offers two professional doctorate courses, aimed at professionals who want to bring research into their professional practice. Full details, including instructions on application, are available on the course pages.

  • Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice (DCrimJ)
  • Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management (DSyRM)

Graduate School

Our dedicated Graduate School is the first port of call for information for all postgraduate research students and supervisors. We support, administer and coordinate training for the MPhil, Ph.D. and Professional Doctorate programmes.

As a research degree student at the University of Portsmouth, you will have access to the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers broad-based generic skills training with over 150 workshops on a wide range of topics including research design, doctoral process, and career development. These popular and highly rated workshops are delivered by our expert tutors from across the University and support our students at all stages of their research degree.

Find a supervisor

Please contact us to discuss your research ideas in more detail and to ensure that we have the supervisory expertise available to support your intended research area. We can then put you in touch with a potential supervisor.

Entry requirements

A good first degree from an internationally recognized university (depending upon the chosen course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

For students whose first language is not English, an English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 is required.Translation and Literary Studies requires English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Start dates: October and February.

Program taught in:
English

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