Key Facts

Subject area: Criminology
Programme: PhD / MPhil
Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
MPhil – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Starting Date: Any time of the year
Entry Requirements: See here
International entry requirements We accept a range of qualifications from other institutions.
Standard English Language requirements apply. Details here.

Keele University has been an international centre for research and teaching in crime and justice since the late 1960s.  The criminology group at the Centre for Social Policy is dedicated to the advancement of research in the fields of crime, punishment and criminal justice, grounded in sociological, theoretical, public policy and systematic empirical approaches.  We regard criminology as a multidisciplinary field of study.  Research conducted in the Centre reflects its strengths and expertise in policing, crime prevention and community justice, the third sector in criminal justice, victimology, professional practice in criminal justice, cultural representations of crime and punishment, risk, governance and regulation, and race, gender and citizenship in criminal justice. Members also conduct historical, comparative and psychosocial research on crime and justice, deploying a wide range of methodologies. 


The Institute welcomes postgraduate research students from around the world as members of this community, providing a high standard of facilities, including well equipped office space, postgraduate seminars, an annual postgraduate conference and social events. The inter-disciplinary nature of the Institute provides excellent opportunities for networking both with other postgraduates and with the academic staff at Keele, thus helping postgraduate researchers to achieve their full potential in a stimulating and lively environment.

Research staff and students

The Centre attracts UK, EU, and international post-graduate students studying for full-time and part-time PhD and M.Phil degrees. Centre members produce high quality social scientific work of international significance and of relevance to many user communities. We have received major research grants, doctoral and post-doctoral awards from the AHRC, ESRC, the European Union, the British Academy, Nuffield Foundation and Leverhulme Trust, as well as collaborative studentships with voluntary sector and criminal justice agencies. In RAE 2008, our overall quality profile in Social Work and Social Policy & Administration was assessed as being 95% internationally significant, and 15% world-leading.

  • Comparative, international and transnational criminal justice
  • Community safety
  • Crime and ageing
  • Crime, space and place
  • Prison research
  • Criminal justice
  • Ethical issues in criminal justice
  • Hate crime
  • History of crime and punishment
  • Identity and crime
  • Public attitudes to Crime, criminals and punishment
  • Quantitative analysis of crime and justice data
  • Surveillance and risk studies
  • Targeted violence
  • Theoretical criminology
  • Transitional justice and reconciliation
  • White collar crime and organisational crime
  • Governance of crime and disorder
  • Cultural dimensions of crime and criminal justice

Contact Details

Administrator Helen Farrell
Tel : (+44) 01782 733641
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