Criminology research degrees

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Our programmes

By choosing Criminology as a postgraduate at Hull you will be joining a vibrant and supportive research community covering a wide range of specialisms, from the links between alcohol and violence and the history of crime and punishment to surveillance, green crime, and restorative justice approaches - among others. If you choose to study a PhD, you will find that we combine research expertise and cutting-edge facilities to deliver a unique experience.

We regard our research students as key participants in our scholarly community and they play an active role in fostering academic debate and developments in our fields of study. In addition to working alongside their supervisors, research students are given opportunities at each stage of the process to present and discuss their own and other's work in a supportive and collegial environment through the weekly postgraduate workshop, the research luncheon and various senior research seminars and workshops.

We provide a full range of research training opportunities within the School and through the University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme. The School also offers a limited number of partial bursaries for which research students are able to apply for funding to attend and host workshops and conferences. All of our research students have access to desk space, computers and other facilities in the school and through the Graduate School. We have an excellent track record in seeing our students through to successful completion and our students have gone on to rewarding careers both within and outside of academia.


Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminological research, supported by a dedicated Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, has built on our strengths in evaluative criminal justice and penological research while developing an increasing focus on the research questions posed by new forms of surveillance, terrorism, information and communication technologies, and the transnational agenda in criminology.

  • Alcohol and crime
  • Violence prevention
  • Knife and gun crime

Staff: Dr Iain Brennan


  • Auto/biographical research, especially prison(er) and/or political life writing
  • Radicalisation, narratives and identities
  • Green criminology i.e. crimes against the environment involving corporations and/or the state
  • Sexuality and the body in crime and deviance
  • Crime/deviance and the arts, especially music and dance

Staff: Dr Melissa Dearey


  • Victims and victimisation
  • Restorative justice
  • Cultural criminology / social theory
  • Community justice / punishment
  • Reducing reoffending

Staff: Dr Simon Green


  • Any areas of the history of crime and punishment between 1750 and 1950, particularly those interested in imprisonment, penal policy and other custodial settings
  • Contemporary imprisonment and penal policy

Staff: Dr Helen Johnston


  • The social impact of ‘new surveillance’ technologies
  • Media representations of crime and surveillance
  • Contemporary theoretical perspectives on penal transformation

Staff: Dr Mike McCahill


  • Modern slavery and trafficking in human beings
  • Inequalities, class and power in the uk
  • The policing of minority communities
  • ‘Race’ and multiculturalism
  • Racism and anti-fascism
  • Globalisation and resistance
  • Social justice

Staff: Dr Mick Wilkinson


  • Restorative justice
  • Mediation and conflict management
  • Peacemaking criminology

Staff: Dr Margarita Zernova


  • Gender and crime
  • African theatre
  • Restorative justice
  • South Africa - women and political change/ sex and sexuality
  • Violence against women
  • Women's narratives
  • Youth and crime

Staff: Dr Bev Orton


  • Media representations of crime
  • Victims and victimisation
  • Victimisation, identities and narrative
  • Ethical methods of researching with victims

Staff: Dr Nicola O'Leary


Other research in the school of social sciences is themed around;

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Globalisation, Power and Post-Colonialism
  • Culture, Religion and Society
  • Health, Well-being and Social Inclusion

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all Criminology research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

The normal requirement for entry into a research degree programme is a good result in a Masters degree in criminology and/or a closely related subject to your proposed disciplinary field of study.

In addition, intending research students are expected to have some prior research training at postgraduate level or equivalent, a clear idea of the field in which they wish to work, and to be capable of writing a two or three-page proposal setting out their research questions, the kind of empirical research they visualise, the reasons why they wish to undertake the research and a general indication of the theoretical background and approach.

For applicants whose backgrounds do not qualify them for direct entry, we may recommend a ‘conversion course' in the form of one of our Masters courses. 

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


Criminology at Hull is studied within Social Sciences, while Criminology and Criminal Justice is one of the University's research centres.

This has allowed criminology at Hull to continue to play an important role in informing local and national criminal justice policy, including working closely with end users and with funders.