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Social Sciences - PhD

Course Overview

The essential course information

How to apply
Course Code:
TBC
Award:
PhD
Attendance:
  • Full Time (3-4 years)
  • Part Time (4-7 years)
  • Online Learning (4-7 years)
School:
School of Social Sciences
Campus:
City Centre

The School welcomes enquiries relating to the fields of psychology, criminology and sociology. Areas of research in which staff are currently active include occupational health among criminal justice professionals, forensic psychology, penal regimes and penal policy, more broadly, terrorism and policing. In line with the University's national research assessment strategy, and our success in the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, research students interested in the following areas are particularly welcome: community safety, penal policy and human rights, policy evaluation, policing policy, prison regime, representations of crime in the media, and young people, social exclusion and the criminal justice system (CJS).

Key Facts

The School of Social Sciences offers supervision if you wish to pursue research programmes for the award of a PhD degree. You may undertake your research either full-time or part-time. If you are accepted for a PhD programme you will be assigned to a Director of Studies. At least one second supervisor will also be appointed.

As a research student in social sciences you will join a thriving research community and be part of one of the University’s research centres of excellence. The Centre for Applied Criminology is led by one of the UK’s leading Criminologists, Professor David Wilson.

You will be encouraged to publish in collaboration with your supervisors and to take part in research conferences.

Liam Brolan

Liam Brolan, PhD in Criminology

"Criminology just fascinates me. The sheer breadth of topics you can study in criminology is phenomenal. The staff here are brilliant. David Wilson is a well-respected, high-profile criminologist and I’m learning from the best, so I’m very lucky."

Read more >

Entry Requirements

Normally you will be expected to hold a Master's award in a relevant area.

International enquirers may contact the International Office for further help and advice.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the most appropriate online application form from the list below.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2016 FT 3-4 years PhD £4,120 per year
Sep 2016 PT 4-7 years PhD £2,060 per year
Sep 2016 OL 4-7 years PhD £2,575 per year
Feb 2017 FT 3-4 years PhD £4,120 per year
Feb 2017 PT 4-7 years PhD £2,060 per year
Feb 2017 OL 4-7 years PhD £2,575 per year
May 2017 FT 3-4 years PhD £4,120 per year
May 2017 PT 4-7 years PhD £2,060 per year
May 2017 OL 4-7 years PhD £2,575 per year
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2016 FT 3-4 years PhD £12,000 per year
Sep 2016 PT 4-7 years PhD £6,000 per year
Sep 2016 OL 4-7 years PhD £7,500 per year
Feb 2017 FT 3-4 years PhD £12,000 per year
Feb 2017 PT 4-7 years PhD £6,000 per year
Feb 2017 OL 4-7 years PhD £7,500 per year
May 2017 FT 3-4 years PhD £12,000 per year
May 2017 PT 4-7 years PhD £6,000 per year
May 2017 OL 4-7 years PhD £7,500 per year

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

International Students

International Students at BCU

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Postgraduate Open Event

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be in Autumn 2016. The date will be confirmed soon and registration will open shortly.

PG Open Evening

Our postgraduate open event offers you the chance to:

  • Meet with lecturers and other prospective students to discuss study options
  • Meet and chat with our current students
  • Obtain advice on fees and funding opportunities.

93 per cent of our graduates find work or further study within six months (DLHE). Explore your potential at our open evening.

Who is it for?

Whether you are coming to the end of your undergraduate studies, or have been in your job for a while and want to progress in your career or change direction, a postgraduate qualification gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.

Our graduates are already shaping the world in a variety of high-profile roles – and you could be next. Read some of our inspiring case studies.

For more information, visit our Open Days page or call our Course Enquiries Team on +44 (0)121 331 5595.

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University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

The PhD award is a well established and valued professional qualification within the sector and will enhance career prospects. For those wanting to follow a career in teaching and researching in higher Education, a PhD is highly desirable.

Course Structure

The School welcomes enquiries relating to the fields of psychology, criminology, housing and sociology. Areas of research in which staff are currently active include occupational health amongst criminal justice professionals, forensic psychology, penal regimes and penal policy, more broadly terrorism and policing. Recent research initiatives have included an evaluation of “real work” in prisons, the psychological impact of music projects on offenders, the policing of riots, and how convicted paedophiles use the internet.

All students are required to undertake a course leading to a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Research Practice during their first year of study.

A day in the life of a PhD student

If you're considering doing a PhD there's probably a lot of questions going through your mind: how am I going to pay for it? Should I quit my job? Will I cope with the workload? But most importantly, what is it really like? Karen Patel, a full time PhD student, shares her experiences of juggling life, a part time job and her studies. Read more in Karen's blog.

Assessment Methods

Progress of PhD students is subject to formal written annual review. There is frequent informal monitoring of progress by the director of research and the director of studies. For PhD students, final assessment is by submission of a thesis and by a formal viva.

Enquiries

Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK

Prospectus

For an overview of our postgraduate courses and a range of other information please download our Postgraduate Prospectus (10Mb).

Further Information

Please contact the Research Administrator CAC-research@bcu.ac.uk

If you would like to discuss your research ideas, please contact the Director of Research on CAC-research@bcu.ac.uk