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MPhil/PhD Criminology

This course is organised and taught by a team of Criminologists with extensive qualifications and experience. Staff in the School have extensive experience of designing, managing and delivering high quality, vocationally relevant courses.

The Course

An interdisciplinary subject, criminology draws on a range of perspectives relating to crime looking at sociology, psychology, and law, and as such provides new opportunities for scholarship and advanced research.

The School of Social and Political Sciences benefits from an active research base ensuring that staff are involved in current debates and that students are made aware of relevant developments and issues. Each research student is supported by a programme of research training.

Opportunities for research are available across a range of topics in social and political sciences. Current students’ research projects include policy responses to extremism and terrorism, institutional betrayal and sexual misconduct, police culture, young people and the police, young women and violence, regional inequality in police forces, harm reduction interventions for injecting drug users, and gambling policy.

Staff have expertise for postgraduate supervision in the following research areas:

  • crime control
  • policing
  • the penal system
  • comparative criminology
  • penology
  • miscarriages of justice
  • sex work
  • domestic violence
  • green criminology
  • desistance from crime
  • terrorism
Research students can enrol for MPhil or PhD awards. These degrees are normally undertaken wholly by thesis and can be carried out either on a full-time or a part-time basis.

The School aims to provide considerable support to enable students to become independent researchers. For the duration of the programme, students will be allocated two supervisors with specialist knowledge of their chosen research area and will have the opportunity to meet with them regularly for advice, monitoring, and other support, with the emphasis being on individualised training. Where appropriate, additional supervisors may also be utilised.

There will be opportunities to contribute to the School's research seminar series, and students will be able to apply for funding to attend conferences. They are also encouraged to publish their work in appropriate journals. There may also be teaching opportunities, subject to relevant training.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, a significant portion of time will be spent in independent study and research. Students will have the opportunity to meet with their academic supervisors at least once a month for full-time students, and every two months for part-time students.

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the student’s thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February, or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £14,100 £7,050

(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***

£12,100 £6,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,037 £2,037


2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £13,700 £6,850

(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***

£11,700 £5,850
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,997 £1,997


* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.


Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

MPhil: First or upper second class honours degree or Master’s degree.

PhD: Master’s degree with a research component.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Peter Somerville PhD Social and Political Sciences

Professor Peter Somerville

Programme Leader


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Graduates may go on to take positions as researchers or academics in institutes of higher education. Others may choose to use the experience for personal development and go on to careers in related sectors.


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University of Lincoln’s city centre campus provides a modern student-centred community. Based on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, everything students need is either on campus or a short walk away.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.