University of Essex

University of Essex

Criminology and Socio-Legal Research

This course forms part of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation and combines training in current debates in criminology with a foundation in sociological research design, plus an introduction to legal theory and legal methods. It seeks to provide a good basis for students if they wish to conduct criminological research with a socio-legal dimension; the course should also interest those who are without a background in law, as we make good use of legal materials, in addressing our sociological and criminological research questions.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject; IELTS 6.5.

Course modules

current controversies in criminology and criminal justice policy; sociological research design; approaches to legal theory; dissertation; researching with legal materials. Options: advertising: commerce and creativity; biography and psychosocial research; capitalism and its critics; citizenship, international migration and human rights; colonialism, culture and human rights; contemporary debates in sociology; critical perspectives on terrorism and counter-terrorism; culture and intimacy; current controversies in criminology and criminal justice policy; dynamics of home and work; ethnography; formative debates in criminology; interviewing and qualitative data analysis; media theory; organised crime: global and local; panel data methods; quantitative analysis from univariate to multivariate methods; society and the environment: the global challenge; sociological research design; sociology of human rights 1; sociology of human rights 2: selected special topics; survey methods 1: design and measurement; survey methods 2: sampling, inference and management; texts and documents.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 11,950 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,000 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,975 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Graduate Administrator, Department of Sociology
Telephone number: 
01206 872719