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Phd In Criminology London

Last Updated on January 23, 2023 by Team College Learners

PhD in Criminology & Justice Policy - School of Criminology & Criminal  Justice

PhD Criminology students benefit from international known specialists as primary and secondary supervisors, as well as criminology theory and research programs. Our academic faculty is guided by social and racial justice values and understands crime via studies on power and inequality. From jail abolition, migration and deportation, and social assistance, to gendered violence, terrorism, and narcotics, we focus on current social and policy issues.

Our research focuses on a variety of topics, including punishment, police, security, and surveillance, as well as organized, corporate, and state crime. Using a variety of theoretical perspectives, we contribute to current discussions.

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An MPhil/PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. At Birkbeck, you are initially registered for an MPhil and you upgrade to a PhD after satisfactory progress in the first or second year.

Birkbeck has a rich tradition of rigorous, socially engaged research into critical criminology and criminal justice scholarship. The Department of Criminology, founded in 2016, is a hub for this research. Birkbeck is home to the renowned Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research, a world-leading, influential research centre that undertakes a wide range of work on justice, including the production of the World Prison Brief.

MPhil/PhD Criminology students benefit from the supervision of internationally renowned experts and secondary supervisors, and programmes in criminology theory and research. Our academic staff understand crime through research on power and inequality, and are led by principles of social and racial justice. We focus on contemporary social and policy problems, from prison abolition, migration and deportation, and social welfare, to gendered violence, terrorism and drugs.

Our work covers a range of themes, from punishment, policing, security and surveillance to organised, corporate and state crime. We contribute to contemporary debates using different theoretical approaches including political economy, psychosocial, feminist, critical race and queer theory.


  • In the most recent Times Higher Education REF rankings, they were among the top 10 law schools in the UK and one of the top three in London In the most recent Times Higher Education REF rankings, their research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
  • Their research community has grown rapidly in recent years. This reflects the School of Law’s growing reputation as a training ground for early-career academics working from critical and theoretical perspectives. 
  • Their students have achieved awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), British Academy, Overseas Research Students Awards, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and internal Birkbeck and School of Law Studentships.
  • They offer financial assistance for conference attendance where appropriate, a comprehensive programme of independent monitoring of each student’s yearly progress, and postgraduate student representation on the school board.
  • Additional training is available through department seminars and workshops, the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network, and the AHRC and Interdisciplinary Research Training Network.
  • There is a bustling social and extra-curricular calendar for students, including the esteemed Annual Criminology Lecture, Law on Trial events week, Criminology Research Seminars, Criminology Careers Events, and a summer party.


Good honours degree in law or a related discipline from the humanities or social sciences.


If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, they offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.


If you are not from the UK and you do not already have residency here, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months’ duration: Student visa
  • Courses of less than six months’ duration: Standard Visitor visa

International students who require a Student visa should apply for our full-time courses as these qualify for Student visa sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Student visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).


Part-time home students: £2388 pa
Full-time home students: £4500 pa
Part-time international students: £6675 pa
Full-time international students: £13200 pa

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.


PhD students resident in England can apply for government loans of over £26,000 to cover the cost of tuition fees, maintenance and other study-related costs.

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enroll early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

The School of Law attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. They offer a limited number of fully funded research opportunities.