PhD scholarship in criminology and criminal justice at Hertfordshire Law School


Qualification type: PhD

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom (a 25 minute train journey from central London).

Funding for: Home, EU and International students.

Funding Amount: The scholarship is for a generous stipend matching the Research Council rate of £15,285 and includes the cost of tuition fees (Home/EU/International rate). The duration of the scholarship is three years full-time.

Funding Source: According to the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework 2014, over 90% of our submitted research was judged to be of international quality. Legal research is an essential component of academic work within the Hertfordshire Law School. The School is involved in collaborative research projects with national and international partners, building on the wealth of experience and international relationships of our highly qualified team of academics, which includes researchers from across the world.

Application closing date: 23:59 on 31 March 2021

Expected start: 1 September 2021

Project outline

Applications are invited for one PhD scholarship from suitably qualified and highly motivated individuals to undertake a research degree at the Hertfordshire Law School. The School is keen to encourage applications within its stimulating areas of research expertise. For example, many areas within the field of criminology and criminal justice will be considered, including:

  • penology
  • social control and governance
  • race and colonialism
  • prisons
  • probation
  • feminism
  • gendered violence
  • media and crime
  • criminological history
  • Chinese studies
  • sexuality.

The scholarship is awarded for one year in the first instance and will be extended annually for a second and then third year, subject to verifiable and satisfactory progress.

Essential criteria

Applicants should hold at least a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) from a recognised institution and at least an IELTS (English proficiency) score of 6.5.

Application process

To help you with the preparation and submission of your application please follow the following procedure:

Find and contact a potential supervisor

Visit our research page to identify a relevant supervisor and ask them about the feasibility of your research project, before submitting your application. If you find it difficult to identify a potential supervisor, please contact the School’s research degrees admissions tutor Dr. Felipe Romero-Moreno

Apply to become a doctoral research student at the University of Hertfordshire

After having discussed the feasibility of your research project with a relevant supervisor, you will have to submit an official online application following our application process for admission. To apply download the application form (PDF - 0.25 Mb). Please expressly indicate on your application that you are applying for a Hertfordshire Law School PhD Scholarship Award. To speed up this process, you are also advised to submit with the application your research proposal, qualifications, passport and CV. Note that your research proposal should include a maximum of 2000 words and state the main goals of the research, methodology or research techniques that will be used, hypothesis, approach, phased programme of work, likely contribution to knowledge and any consideration of ethics, if applicable. The deadline to submit your application is 31 March 2021. Your application must be sent to

What happens after you apply?

Once the selection process has been completed, short-listed applicants will be informed of the date, time and venue of the interview. If you have not received an invitation to interview, after 15 April 2021, you may assume that the application was unsuccessful. Due to the large volume of applications that we may receive, we will not be able to provide feedback on your application if this is the case. The interview will be undertaken by the research degrees admissions tutor and your potential supervisor.

Terms and conditions

Please review the following information before applying:

  • the scholarships are offered in accordance with the University of Hertfordshire's standard terms and conditions for PhD applicants
  • all stipends are to be paid on a monthly basis
  • the duration of the scholarship is three years and on a full-time basis
  • the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Law is committed to diversity and inclusion and encouraging a diverse student community. To this end, although this award is open to Home, EU and International students, we are particularly inviting applications from UK-based students who self-identify as BAME male and those from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community for a 3-year, fully-funded PhD studentship in any area of criminology and criminal justice.


Candidates who wish to discuss their applications are welcome to contact the University’s Doctoral College by emailing