1st March 2007

Postgraduate studentships in Criminology at the University of Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce a number of awards to support postgraduate study on the MSc and PhD programmes in Criminology in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an exciting environment in which to study criminology and criminal justice. Criminology staff at Edinburgh have expertise in a wide range of topics, from the theoretical to the applied. Staff teaching on the degree include Professor Richard Sparks (Co-Director of the MSc), Dr Lesley McAra , Dr Richard Jones , Alistair Henry (Co-Director), Susan McVie and Dr Andy Aitchison . There is a particular focus of research on ‘punishment and society’, broadly understood, and on youth crime and justice, policing and crime prevention, cybercrime, and comparative criminal justice. MSc course modules available in 2007/8 are expected to include core courses in Theoretical Criminology; Criminal Justice and Penal Process; Criminological Research Methods; and options including Youth Crime and Justice; Cybercrime; Media and Crime; and Crime, Justice and Public Policy.

Three ESRC 1+3 (or +3) Quota Awards in Criminology:

1+3 Awards : Three Economic and Social Research Council Studentships are offered to 2007/08 entrants to the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice who intend to proceed to the Edinburgh PhD programme in 2008/09. The awards offer £12,800 in maintenance (subject to annual adjustment), and the payment of fees at the Home/EU rate, in each of the four years of study. Candidates for a ‘1+3’ Award must submit an application for the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and also provide a succinct statement (of not more than 1500 words) on their prospective research interests.

+3 Awards : Applicants for a PhD in Criminology who already hold (or are currently undertaking) an ESRC-recognized Masters degree may apply for an award for direct entry to the Edinburgh PhD programme in 2007/08; for these students, the awards would be tenable for three years rather than four. Students who can clearly demonstrate research training and/or experience equivalent to an ESRC-recognized Masters degree may also apply for a +3 award. All eligible PhD in Criminology applications received before the end of March 2007 will automatically be considered for a ‘+3’ Award and early application is advised. We reserve the right to interview.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Richard Sparks ( r.sparks@ed.ac.uk ) ahead of submitting their applications to discuss their proposals. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with information on postgraduate programmes, criminology staff and their research interests on our web pages: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/pg/