Postgraduate research

Criminology PhD Tuition Fee Waivers

Qualification: PhD

Department: School of Criminology

Application deadline: 14 September 2022

Start date: 9 January 2023


The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of Tuition Fee Waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.

We welcome applications and research proposals for PhD Criminology in the following research areas.

Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form and submit your online application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page.

Dr. Lucy Neville

I am interested in supervising work that focuses on aspects of gender and sexuality.  Particular areas of expertise/interest include: sex work/violence towards sex workers; domestic violence/domestic homicide; violence towards women; women’s engagement with pornography, sex, and sex work; violent crime and the impacts of austerity on responses to violent crime; and environmental crime, climate change, and environmental (in)justice and its relationships to both gender and sexuality.  I am able to supervise students in both quantitative and qualitative work, as well as a variety of creative methodologies.  I am also interested in supervising work that focuses on methodologies, particularly on engaging with hard to reach populations, or the nature of insider research.  

Dr Ben Ellis

Dr Ben Ellis is happy to supervise studies in the areas of fear of crime, violence, trust in the CJS, and approaches to criminology concerning a micro-sociological approach. Ben works mainly in qualitative methods and welcomes studies that follow this approach (although they do not have to exclusively). Ben would also welcome applications from those that would like to study the policy, practice, and experiences of those people working in large organisations/institutions. Ben has previously work within the police, military, and NHS on research concerning racial disproportionality and representation

Dr Emma Sleath

Broadly interested in supervising PhDs related to sexual and/or domestic violence, specifically in relation to engagement in criminal justice processes and/or help seeking (e.g., accessing support from third sector agencies or sexual assault referral centres). This could relate to survivors’ experiences and/or criminal justice professionals. Also, research related to image-based sexual abuse (aka revenge pornography), again both experiences of victimisation and engagement with or enacting criminal justice processes.

Dr Jessica Urwin

Youth justice is my primary area of research and I welcome students interested in this area. Specifically, my work looks at the development of youth justice systems and how justice is administered to young people. I am also interested in the mental health impact of justice system involvement, and how justice systems respond to or address mental wellbeing. Additionally I am interested in youth subculture and how young people are represented and perceived in society, and so I would also be interested in supervising students working in cultural and popular criminology.




The School of Criminology offers:

3 UK Tuition Fee Waivers for 3 years for full time study or 6 years part time study  (part time only available to UK applicants)

1  Full Time Overseas Fee waiver for 3 years

International applicants must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.

There is no stipend or additional funding available to support living costs.

The fee waivers are not available for distance learning study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a UK Bachelor's 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

For enquiries about the proposed research please email the relevant supervisor listed above.

For application enquiries please email 


How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please select click on the Apply button below and then select January 2023*.

Look at the supervisors and research areas above and prepare your research proposal on the Proposal Form

With your application, please include:

  • In the proposal section please provide the name of the your proposed project supervisor (from the list above)  and your project title
  • Upload your completed Research Proposal Form
  • Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience. International applicants also must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of all degree level 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 state CSSAH Fee Waiver

Incomplete applications and Research Proposals not submitted using the Proposal Form will not be considered

*UK applicants may apply for either full time or part time study. International applicants may only apply for full time study if they require a Student Visa to study in the UK




UK and International Students are welcome to apply.

The University of Leicester prides itself on the diversity of its student population and on being an inclusive employer. We encourage applications from candidates who represent the diversity of our student population, local communities and wider society. In particular, we welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as this is a group currently underrepresented in the University.


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