Research degrees

Research excellence is at the heart of what we do in criminology. Our students thrive in a research environment that encourages discovery, innovation and interdisciplinarity.

We offer a Doctorate of Philosophy, which is the highest level of degree that a student can achieve. Studying a PhD with us means that you will be supervised by someone who is at the forefront of their field. We have the capacity to supervise a broad range of research topics because of our diverse staff interests.

Learn more about our Criminology PhD and MPhil.

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

M4C is awarding up to 80 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2019 through an open competition and 11 Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

The Department of Criminology  at the University of  Leicester is inviting applications from students whose research interests connect with our fields of expertise linked to the Arts and Humanities.

Note you should read the guidance on which criminological topics that are suitable for AHRC funding available here:

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 14 January 2019 (noon), by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form.

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please visit or contact

Top 5 tips for preparing your PhD application

Our short video provides useful advice on preparing for a PhD application.

"I applied for the PhD whilst completing my MSc at the Department of Criminology. The unwavering support and guidance I have received has meant that I have been able to pursue my dream of becoming an academic researcher in an area I feel passionately about."

Amy (Criminology student)