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International PhD Studentship in Criminology (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2339
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: International tuition fees plus stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: International (Non EU)
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

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The Cardiff School of Social Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of a new International PhD Studentship for January 2015 and welcomes applications from prospective candidates. The studentship will cover the full cost of overseas fees and a £7000 annual contribution to living expenses.

The studentship will be in partnership with the Universities' Police Science Institute and will build upon the Institute's world leading work in conducting research to inform policing policy and practice development. In light of these objectives, we are especially interested in funding work in the following areas:

  1. Community and Neighbourhood Policing;
  2. Comparative studies of the policing of serious organized crime;
  3. Comparative studies of the police role in counter-terrorism;
  4. New forms of crime prevention;
  5. New technologies of crime control.

The School encourages proposals with a strong international comparative dimension.

The Studentship will be awarded to successful applicants who fulfil the following criteria:

  1. The subject of the proposed PhD research must fall within the areas highlighted above.
  2. We are especially interested in funding work with an international comparative dimension.
  3. A first class undergraduate and/or postgraduate qualification in an area relevant to the focus of the studentship.

About the Universities Police Institute

The Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI) was established in 2007 in partnership with South Wales Police to develop the research evidence base for the art, craft and science of policing. Since its inception it has secured £2million external funding from various policing and governmental agencies. Combining academic rigour with a strong focus upon policy and practice, it has achieved international renown for its innovations in designing, developing and assessing new solutions to policing problems. The Institute's work ranges from 'problem-finding' to 'problem-solving' across the full spectrum of policing.

About the School of Social Sciences

Cardiff University is acknowledged as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities, held in high esteem both nationally and internationally. It has gained further recognition recently as one of the UK's top 20 universities and was short listed for the University of the Year title in The Sunday Times University Guide 2013. Cardiff University is also the home of the ESRC funded Wales DTC, judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.

Cardiff School of Social Sciences has over 160 staff and a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rated almost all of its research to be of an international standard, with 55% of it either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. This rating, together with the size of the School, places it amongst the top five centres in the UK (and ranked number one in the UK for social sciences ‘research power’). The School’s academic and research staff and PhD students are engaged in high quality research employing a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, have an excellent publication record and are very active in international collaboration and interdisciplinary projects. About 120 full and part-time PhD students are currently enrolled in our doctoral programme, making ours a large and vibrant postgraduate community.

Supervisors: Prof Martin Innes

Start date: January 2015

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship is generously funded by contributions from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Universities' Police Science Institute, and consists of tuition fees at the International rate, as well as a Doctoral Stipend of £7000 p.a.. There is additional funding of £1000 available as a contribution towards travel and research costs.


Residency: This studentship is open to students that are classed as international for the purpose of tuition fee status.

Academic criteria: Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or upper 2nd class degree and have completed or be currently completing a relevant Masters degree.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 12.00pm, Monday 3rd November 2014. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this specified time and date will not be accepted.

Submit a completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the School of Social Sciences – submitted to the Academic Registry via the online admissions portal. (Please specify the School of Social Sciences – Research Degree – Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) with a start date of January 2015)

Submit the following documentation (attached to a single email with the subject International Criminology Studentship 2015) to

  • A letter of application, stating your reasons for wishing to pursue PhD study.
    A short abstract of the proposed PhD study (maximum 500 words)
  • A full research proposal for the PhD study (maximum 1500 words, excluding references)
  • A CV
    Official transcripts of previous higher education degrees
  • Two academic references
    Proof of English Language proficiency (if required)

The same documents can be used in support of both the scholarship and admission applications but should be submitted separately – i.e. application documents emailed to and University admission application documents uploaded via the online system.

The research proposal should provide details of the academic rationale for the research and the proposed research strategy. We suggest that you use the following four headings in your research proposal:

  • Aims and purpose of the research;
  • Overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;
  • Proposed methodology;
  • Academic contributions of your research

The deadline for applications is 12pm GMT, Monday 3 November.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

To discuss research ideas, please contact Prof Martin Innes at or +44 (0)2920 875 307.

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