Social and Applied Sciences

MPhil, PhD Criminal Justice

Year of entry

The University has particular strengths in policing, criminal justice and criminology and has a vibrant research culture and engage with both national and international research projects. The team include a variety of supervisors with professional and academic backgrounds and a wide range of specialist research.

The School offer a PhD or PhD by Portfolio in Criminology/Criminal Justice and academics within the School are happy to discuss proposals with applicants before submission.

Enquiries should be directed to Dr Maryse Tennant (


Available MPhil and PhD supervisors


Professor Robin Bryant:

  • investigative reasoning and decision-making
  • Digital crime
  • Crime and intelligence analysis.

Dr Sofia Graca:

  • Domestic violence
  • Gender, migration and the justice system
  • Socio-legal theories of the invocation of law

Dr Katja Hallenberg:

  • Police and policing, particularly police training and education, police professionalisation, and organisational culture
  • Sustainability and justice, including education for sustainable development within criminal justice context
  • Qualitative methodology, particularly interviewing and narrative research

Dr Katarina Mozova:

  • Vulnerability in the Criminal Justice System; including the treatment of victims, witnesses and defendants and public perceptions of the system
  • Youth justice; including street gang membership, treatment of young people in the justice system and child sexual exploitation
  • Professionalisation of policing; including police education and utilising science to improve police practice

Dr Martin O’Neill:

  • ​The history of criminal investigation, criminal investigation processes, and investigative decision-making,
  • The police response to sudden death, homicide investigation, and the police response to threats to life.
  • The investigation of sexual offences and domestic abuse, and the police management of sexual offenders in the community

Dr Amanda Spalding

  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Border Criminology 

Dr Paul Stephens:

  • Cybercrime investigation training and education
  • Digital forensics and cybersecurity
  • Digital Policing

Dr Paul Swallow:

  • Interpol, Europol and International police and judicial cooperation
  • Terrorism and political violence: policing and legislative responses
  • Organised crime and criminal investigations: the role of the private security sector

Professor Stephen Tong:

  • Policing and police reforms
  • Criminal investigation 
  • Police training, education and professionalisation
  • International Policing

Dr Emma Williams:

  • Police education and professionalisation
  • The investigation of rape
  • Policing and public legitimacy and confidence

Dr Dominic Wood:

  • Political dimensions of policing (particularly with relevance to police ethics)
  • Police governance
  • Police education and training.

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

Find out how to apply for a research degree.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
PhD Thesis apply
Canterbury 3 years full-time September 2020
PhD Thesis apply
Canterbury 5 years part-time September 2020


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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Entry requirements

  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.




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