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Social Sciences

Social Sciences


Key information

Duration: 4 years full time

Institution code: R72

Campus: Egham

UK fees*: £4,786

International/EU fees**: £18,200

About us

The multidisciplinary Department of Law and Criminology is home to applied, theoretical and doctrinal research across Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Law, Social Work, and Sociology. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), 100% of our submission was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent for research impact.

The Department sits in the School of Law and Social Sciences, alongside the Department of Economics and the Department of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy. There is strong cross-Departmental working in the School of Law and Social Sciences, with several PhD students working on interdisciplinary research across the School.

The Department of Law and Criminology is home to about 50 research active staff and 50 PhD students. We offer a stimulating research environment in which PhD students are expected to be a part of the multidisciplinary research groups and contribute to PhD-led seminars and development activities. Our students benefit from opportunities for research methods training and we have a network of external organisations who are willing to support optional short-term placements and knowledge exchange opportunities.

You can find detailed research profiles of our staff here, by selecting the Departmental Research Group of most relevance to your proposed research and following the links to staff profile pages.

Alternatively, you can find a list of staff here.

Please note that by studying this degree your award title will not include the subject of study but will simply state you've completed a PhD. 

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