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A research degree in your chosen law or criminology subject is a period of intensive, supervised investigative work. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience and allows you to develop an original area of expertise.You work closely with a director of studies and two supervisors who are specialists in your chosen field to produce an extended thesis of up to 80,000 words (in the case of doctoral research).

We have a vibrant research culture and we value and support all our research students who make a vital contribution to the intellectual life of the University. There are regular research training events, seminars and informal meetings where you can practise delivering conference papers in a supportive environment, and there is a monthly lunch session for all PhD students to come together. Funds are available to support you in attending conferences and we encourage you to deliver papers and publish your work.

We are regularly advertising studentships funded by Sheffield Hallam University directly. It may also be possible to apply for external studentships. Some part-time teaching may also be available.

We are a group of approximately 80 academics specialising in a wide range of research areas. We have research clusters in

  • desistance and recovery
  • criminal justice institutions
  • human rights and social justice
  • socio-legal studies
  • learning and teaching

Current staff research interests are wide-ranging and include • addiction • anti-doping • anti-semitism • anti-social behaviour • clinical legal education • commercial law • desistance and recovery • data protection • data security • discrimination • domestic and sexual violence • emotional labour • EU law • gambling • human fertilisation • immigration • intellectual property • legal history • motor insurance • pedagogy • policing • privacy • radical criminology • social identity • therapeutic jurisprudence • transitional justice • urban regeneration

Please see the Law and Criminology staff pages for a list of staff and their current research.

This degree is hosted in the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School.


  • a research programme submitted for approval by our research degrees committee
  • a report and oral presentation for the confirmation of PhD stage
  • submission of thesis and viva


Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in the legal professions and associated fields including

  • government department advisor
  • local government
  • various business-related roles
  • consultancy

Visit the Law and Criminology MPhil page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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