Cultural and Global Criminology - PhD

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The Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC) is an international, collaborative, three year postgraduate research programme led by the University of Kent, with partners ELTE Budapest, University of Hamburg and Utrecht University, leading to the submission of a doctoral thesis.

Overview

The programme is carefully structured and divided into three main strands: research, subject-specific training and transferable skills training. You develop a politically engaged, international understanding and approach to crime, harm and its control. The programme prepares high-level doctoral candidates to work in the widest range of employment arenas concerned with understanding, preventing and responding to crime in a way that takes account of the global and cultural context. Through the integration of over 30 associated partners it responds to both the impact and the employability agenda in Erasmus Mundus objectives.

Applicants must submit a high quality research proposal fitting DCGC research themes and demonstrate eligibility and academic achievement.

Entry requirements

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For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Entry requirements

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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Teaching

Teaching and assessment

Information about supervision and assessment can be found here: www.dcgc.eu/programme/supervision-and-progress/

Programme aims

Addressing the urgent need for a new kind of high-level expert, the doctoral programme adopts a global perspective. Doctoral candidates conduct research which is relevant, international, transnational and intercultural and which has identified impact. Their doctoral training develops the capacity for critically informed policy-making and, in doing so, brings together in an integrated and structured way the insights of the social sciences and law.

For full details of the aims and objectives of the programme, including how the programme objectives meet six key needs in criminological doctoral research and training, visit www.dcgc.eu/objectives

Fees

The 2022/23 UK fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £4596
  • EU full-time £17400
  • International full-time £17400

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Funding

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Independent rankings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research was ranked 2nd for research power in the UK. The School was also placed 3rd for research intensity, 5th for research impact and 5th for research quality.

An impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF and 99% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research, gaining the highest possible score of 100%.

Research

Research areas

The Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology is a three-year interdisciplinary, collaborative PhD-programme funded by the European Union as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate and recognised as delivering training of outstanding quality. The programme combines the expertise and strengths of four universities with established reputations in the field.

 

Staff research interests

You can find out more about academic staff research interests and expertise at www.dcgc.eu/about-us/academic-staff/

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.

Study support

Researcher Development Programme

Kent's Graduate School co-ordinates the Researcher Development Programme for research students, which includes workshops focused on research, specialist and transferable skills. The programme is mapped to the national Researcher Development Framework and covers a diverse range of topics, including subject-specific research skills, research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking and teamworking, and career management skills.

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Learn more about the applications process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

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Admissions enquiries

Admissions for the DCGC are managed by the University of Kent. Full application details including guidance and advice on making your application can be found at www.dcgc.eu

 Online enquiries can be submitted at www.dcgc.eu/contact-us

Subject enquiries

University of Kent Postgradate Office:

T: +44 (0)1227 823684

F: +44 (0)1227 827005

E: sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk

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International student enquiries

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T: +44 (0)1227 823254
E: internationalstudent@kent.ac.uk