Postgraduate research

Criminology Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD

Qualification: PhD

Department: School of Criminology

Application deadline: 26 May 2022

Start date: 26 September 2022


The School of Criminology is offering fully-funded 2 Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentships starting in September 2022 and are available to students not currently studying for a PhD.  One of the GTA studentships to be awarded to a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidate.

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship is available for full-time registration and payable as a full UK tuition fee waiver for four years subject to annual progress review. The successful applicant will also receive a combined annual stipend and salary package totalling £16,062  

About Graduate Teaching Assistantships
This is a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), which means that you will be required to do some teaching as part of your training and will facilitate student participation in their learning through tutorials, seminars and workshops geared towards effective development of knowledge and the application of principles set out in lectures and module materials. GTAs allow research students to fund their PhD through part-time teaching work with the University.

A Graduate Teaching Assistant is responsible to the Head of School and is expected to undertake teaching or other duties within the School - not normally exceeding 8-10 contact hours per week - while undertaking research leading to a PhD. Training is provided to help Graduate Teaching Assistants develop their teaching related skills and enhance their professional competencies.  Job Summary

Research proposal
We welcome applications focused on any topic relevant to Criminology which align with the research interests of academic staff members in the School of Criminology

Staff research interests can be found at Criminology Supervisors

Applicants should prepare their Research proposal on our Proposal Form
Please also refer to the application advice in the sections below before submitting your application.



This 4-year Graduate Teaching Assistant Studentship provides:

  • Tuition fees at the UK fee rates for 4 years
  • Annual combined stipend and salary package totalling £16,062 per year for 4 years

International applicants are welcome to apply but must be able to demonstrate they can fund the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of their study.  We are not able to offer full overseas fee waivers.

UK Fees for 2022/3 will be £4,596

International fees for 2022/3 will be £15,600

Difference in fees to be paid by International applicants is £11,004 per year of study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a UK Bachelor Degree with at least a 2:1 and a Master's Degree or overseas equivalent qualifications.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Please email enquiries to 

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please select click on the Apply button below and then select September 2022.

Look at supervisor's research interests to ensure we have expertise in the area of your chosen research and prepare your proposal

We welcome applications focused on any topic relevant to Criminology which align with the research interests of academic staff members in the School of Criminology.

Prepare you Research proposal on our Research Proposal Form

With your application, please include:

  • In the proposal section please provide the name of the your proposed project supervisor and the project title
  • Upload your completed Research Proposal Form
  • Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience 
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • CV
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
  • In the funding section please specify Criminology GTA  or Criminology GTA BAME*

*BAME See eligibility criteria section for definition.



The studentship is open to UK and International* applicants. 

*International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK and International fees - See funding section.

The funding is not available to current PhD students.


* BAME GTA - Candidates must self-identify as a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic student:

Asian or Asian British – Bangladeshi Asian or Asian British – Indian
Asian or Asian British – Pakistani
Other Asian background
Black or Black British – African
Black or Black British – Caribbean
Other Black background
Other ethnic background

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