University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

Comparative Historical Studies

The course examines the range of legal, political and social responses across the world to what is widely called 'the penal crisis'. Blending a rigorous understanding of fundamental theory with evidence about real world problems, the students analyse recent innovations in theory, policy and practice. Drawing on a number of disciplinary approaches, the course enables students to develop a rational and just response to crime.

Entry requirements

Department's MA in comparative history, or equivalent qualification.

Course modules

Core modules include: Justice and penal decision-making; punishment and processes of penal change; research methods; dissertation research project of own choice; choose from a number of advanced optional modules including: childhood and crime; surveillance, technology and control; offender management; restorative justice; homicide; in addition, students may also be able to take options from a number of cognate postgraduate courses including for e.g.: human rights law; internet law and policy; mediation and conflict resolution.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 3,400 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 10,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time £ 1,700 per Academic year (home fees) 48 months
PhD Part-time £ 5,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 48 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Strathclyde Glasgow G1 1XQ Scotland

Key information

Telephone number: 
0141 548 3195