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Criminology MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Criminology.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Health and Society has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in intimate partner violence, risk assessment, policing and crime reduction.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Criminology team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including links to a range of agencies within the justice sector and aligned services across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Gloucestershire, West Midlands and Warwickshire. A database designed to identify sector research requirements is currently in development.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr Berenice Mahoney ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr Rosie Erol
Expertise: policing and crime reduction; health-related evaluations.

Professor Elizabeth Gilchrist
Expertise: domestic abuse/intimate partner violence and factors associated with IPV; risk assessment - particularly with intimate partner violence; innovative interventions for intimate partner violence - again particularly with perpetrators; victim/survivors perspectives on intimate partner violence; sports interventions and desistance; international perspectives on risk, interventions and offending.

Dr Gillian Harrop
Expertise: violence & sexual violence; false allegations; domestic abuse; police investigation.

Dr Holly Taylor
Expertise: policing; domestic and sexual violence; social policy and social justice.

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