Criminology and Criminal Justice PhD/MPhil

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Ffeithiau’r cwrs

  • Enw: Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Cymhwyster: PhD/MPhil
  • Hyd: PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time; MPhil: 1 to 2 years full-time, 2 to 3 years part-time; MARes: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

The School of Social Sciences provides a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate training. The emphasis is on small groups, close working relationships between students and supervisors, and development towards full professional participation in the subject area. Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Bangor is focussed on comparative study at a number of cross-cultural levels: national, international and rural-urban comparisons are three of the most important ways in which comparative criminological work is undertaken. For research students we are able to provide both a full research training programme and high quality expert supervision across a broad spectrum of subjects.

Research Areas

Criminology and Criminal Justice with specialisations in:

  • Youth homelessness and crime
  • Institutional child abuse
  • Critical approaches to law, crime and criminology
  • Sociology of Law
  • Public opinion on crime and criminal justice
  • Penal policy
  • Rural criminology
  • Law judges and jurors
  • Procedural justice
  • Popular legal culture, including film and TV
  • Victimology
  • Islamic extremism and terrorism
  • Trust in police, courts and the legal profession
  • Crime and Civic Society:
  • Support for the police
  • Political violence and terrorism
  • Media and public opinion
  • Begging in North Africa and South Asia
  • Popular Legal Culture
  • Violence in intimate relationship
  • Rural criminology
  • Postcolonial societies, crime and deviance
  • Theoretical criminology
  • Criminal Justice Systems
  • Lay participation in the administration of justice

Current graduate students are conducting research on:

  • Women’s accounts of their violent behaviour
  • An ethnographic study of cannabis use in a North Wales community
  • Identity fraud
  • Social problems and juvenile delinquency in Malawi
  • Restorative justice and rehabilitation
  • Accommodating sex offenders after prison

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Cyfleoedd Prosiect Ymchwil

Please note the research project opportunities detailed here are NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

If you are a European or International student this research programme is one of those which allows you to develop a research project proposal as an initial and integral part of a Combined English / Study Skills and Research Course at the University before starting the PhD/MPhil degree.

European and International candidates who have already reached the required level of English can apply for entry onto the project of their choice by presenting a relevant research proposal when applying for admission.

Alternatively you may also consider developing your own research proposal based on the research specialisms within the school.

The opportunities which are currently available are outlined below.

Citizen experience with legal institutions

Supervisor: Professor Stefan Machura

T: +44 (0) 1248 382214/ E: s.machura@bangor.ac.uk

People may form their opinion on legal institutions, officials and policies based on a plethora of sources. Empirical research and social science theory help in understanding the complexities involved. It is known that personal experience, family and friends, education and media may form individual views. The support for a key policy, or for a very prominent leader, but also criticism based on negative outcomes received, can affect levels of trusts and legitimacy attributed to institutions. As an example, see: Dalton, Ian, Jones, Victoria M.L, Machura, Stefan, Ngaihte, Henry, Norton, Thomas P., and Pritchard, Maria (2009), Speeding, the Chief Constable and Trust in North Wales Police. Papers from the British Criminology Conference, 9, 92-110 [open access journal], or Machura, Stefan, Thomas Love and Adam Dwight (2014). Law Students’ Trust in the Courts and the Police. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 42, 287-305.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Lay participation in the administration of justice

Supervisor: Dr Stefan Machura

T: +44 (0) 1248 382214 / E: s.machura@bangor.ac.uk

Most legal systems employ citizens as judges, either in mixed courts with professional judges, in juries, as single lay decision-maker (or mediator), or in a group of lay judges. They deal with a variety of legal cases, administrative, criminal and civil cases. Occasionally, lay participation is considered a defining element of the legal and political culture. Only in some countries, there is a strong tradition of social science research whereas there is little literature for many countries and on many dimensions of the topic. Applications are welcome which combine empirical and theoretical work, taking into consideration the prevailing legal culture and local practice. As an example of the kind of research expected, see: Machura, Stefan (2007). Lay Assessors of German Administrative Courts: Fairness, Power Distance Orientation and Deliberation Activity. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 4, 331-362. Or: Machura, Stefan, and Litvinova, Olga (2007). Lay Judges in Rostov Province. In Feldbrugge, Ferdinand (ed.), Russia, Europe, and the Rule of Law, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, pp. 109-127.

 

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Media representations of law, legal institutions and legal personnel

Supervisor: Professor Stefan Machura

T: +44 (0) 1248 382214/ E: s.machura@bangor.ac.uk

In our age, people tend to be informed by TV, film and other media which 'cultivate' their views (George Gerbner). But media theory also takes into account purposeful choices made by the audience and the mix which results from personal experience, media, education and other sources. What people think about the courts, lawyers, the police and other legal institutions makes no exception. Based on careful analysis of media content and awareness of applicable social science theory, empirical research may deepen our understanding of what goes on. Prospective students might want to see the following publications for examples of current research: Machura, Stefan, and Kammertöns, Annette (2010). Deterred From Going to Court? A Survey at German Schools on Media Influences. Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, 8(2) [open access journal]. Or, as a content analysis: Machura, Stefan, and Llewelyn Davies (2013). 'Law is an Odd Thing' – Liberalism and Law in the TV-series 'The Good Wife'. Kriminologisches Journal, 45:279-294.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Perceptions of crime and criminal justice; policing and penal policy

Supervisor: Dr Martina Feilzer

T: +44 (0) 1248 388171/ E: m.feilzer@bangor.ac.uk

PhD topics in any area of policing and penal policy are welcome but I would particularly invite proposals on specific aspects of perceptions of crime and criminal justice. I am particularly interested in the relationship between the public and criminal justice at local, national, and international level; the relationship between the media and public opinion of criminal justice, as well as human rights; developments in penal policy, in particular in the area of probation and prisons; and comparative and historical research in criminal justice. In terms of research methods, my focus is on the development of mixed methods research and the secondary analysis and visualisation of existing datasets.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Gofynion Mynediad

A good honours degree in a related discipline is required. Students without a Masters degree in a relevant discipline will be required to undertake a taught research training programme in their first year. Students should submit a research outline which must be approved by the Course Director.

For those whose first language is not English or Welsh, the minimum English language requirements is:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no individual score lower than 6.0)
  • Pearson PTE: 62 (with no individual score lower than 58)
  • Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 176 (with no individual score lower than 169)

Sut i Ymgeisio

Cyngor ar wneud cais

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Gwneud cais ar gyfer PhD/Mphil wedi ei ariannu’n allanol neu gennych chi eich hun

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Mae pob myfyriwr PhD/Mphil angen goruchwyliaeth gan o leiaf un aelod o staff y Brifysgol, ac os ydych yn ystyried PhD/Mphil mae gennych eisoes syniad o’r pwnc neu’r maes yr ydym am astudio ynddo. I wneud yn siŵr fod gan y Brifysgol arbenigedd yn y maes er mwyn darparu goruchwyliaeth, edrychwch yn gyntaf ar ein tudalennau staff.

Unwaith yr ydych wedi dod o hyd i aelod o staff sydd yn gwneud gwaith ymchwil yn y maes, gallwch gysylltu â hwy yn uniongyrchol gyda chrynodeb o’ch ymchwil sy’n amlinellu eich cais a gofynnwch a ydynt yn fodlon i oruchwylio eich project. Os yw’r aelod o staff academaidd yn dangos diddordeb, gallwch drafod ymhellach i ddatblygu cynnig ymchwil PhD/Mphil llawn.

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Ymgeisio am ysgoloriaethau PhD a hysbysebir gan Brifysgol Bangor

Eich cynnig ymchwil

Mae cynnig ymchwil da yn hanfodol os ydych yn ymgeisio am PhD neu MPhil. Dylai’r cynnig gynnwys:

(i) Trosolwg - rhowch fraslun o'r maes pwnc yr ydych am ymchwilio iddo, a rhoddwch wybodaeth am y dadleuon damcaniaethol, polisi ac empirig y byddwch yn ymdrin â hwy.
(ii) Cynllunio – rhaid i chi ddangos eich bod yn ymwybodol o amserlenni ymchwil, a bod gennych gynllun i reoli'ch gwaith. Rhaid i chi ddangos ei bod yn bosib cyflawni'r ymchwil yn yr amser sydd ar gael.
(iii) Cyfeiriadau llenyddol – rhaid i chi ddangos nad yw'ch maes ymchwil arfaethedig wedi'i astudio o'r blaen. Rhowch gyfeiriadau at erthyglau a thestunau llenyddol sy'n berthnasol i'ch maes astudio chi.
(iv) Methodoleg – rhaid i chi ddangos eich bod yn ymwybodol o'r offer methodolegol sydd ar gael, a nodi pa rai fyddai'n addas i'ch ymchwil chi.

Mwy o gyngor am baratoi eich cynnig ymchwil

Ymgeisio am ysgoloriaethau PhD a hysbysebir gan Brifysgol Bangor

Mae cyfleoedd i ennill ysgoloriaethau PhD wedi eu hariannu yn codi yn aml drwy gydol y flwyddyn, ac yn cael ei hysbysebu fel cyfleoedd penodol sydd yn gofyn i chi wneud cais ffurfiol. Mae’r broses gwneud cais ar gyfer ysgoloriaethau PhD wedi eu hariannu yn amrywio o ysgol i ysgol felly mae gofyn i chi edrych ar wefan yr ysgol academaidd briodol a dilyn y cyfarwyddiadau sydd ar gael yno. Os ydych yn ansicr o unrhyw ran o’r broses gneud cais, gallwch gysylltu â’r ysgol academaidd briodol yn uniongyrchol am gyngor neu gallwch e-bostio postgraduatestudy@bangor.ac.uk

Gallwch nawr wneud cais ar-lein ar gyfer holl raglenni ôl-raddedig trwy ddysgu a rhaglenni ymchwil ôl-raddedig y Brifysgol (gan eithrio TAR, Diploma mewn Therapi Galwedigaethol a DClinPsy).

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