Criminology has a long and distinguished tradition at Kent with its research base in the Crime, Culture and Control Cluster.
The MA was founded by the world-famous criminologist, the late Professor Jock Young. You will be lectured, supervised and tutored by a team of scholars and researchers internationally renowned for their world-class teaching and publications.
Criminology is an important part of the activities of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR), which is one of the four top institutions of its kind in the UK as ranked by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. In 2012, we were awarded the first National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology by the British Criminology Society in recognition of our innovative approach.
The atmosphere of the School is informal and friendly and there is a lively and diverse postgraduate community. Regular staff/graduate seminars introduce you to the work of academic staff and research students as well as academic visitors, and provide opportunities both for sociability and for intellectual stimulation. The large number of academic staff and our favourable staff/student ratios mean that academic staff are readily accessible. Where appropriate, research students are encouraged to teach part-time in the School.
Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/177/criminology
Our research areas are listed below; wider research areas are also available from our European partner institutions.
- Crime, Control and Culture
The School has a long-established tradition of conducting criminological research. The group covers a diverse range of topics, employs both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and draws upon different theoretical traditions. We have particular expertise in the following areas: cultural criminology; crime, punishment and social change; drug use; gender, crime and criminal justice; penology and imprisonment (especially of female offenders); policing; quasi-compulsory treatment for drug-using offenders; race, crime and criminal justice; restorative justice and young offenders; crime and the ‘night-time economy’, terrorism and political crime; violence; youth crime and youth justice.
Present and current research has been funded by the ESRC, the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board.
Staff research interests
Kent’s world-class academics provide research students with excellent supervision. The academic staff in this school and their research interests are shown below. You are strongly encouraged to contact the school to discuss your proposed research and potential supervision prior to making an application. Please note, it is possible for students to be supervised by a member of academic staff from any of Kent’s schools, providing their expertise matches your research interests.
Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website (http://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/staff/
- Dr Phil Carney:
Lecturer in Criminology; Erasmus and International Co-ordinator; Kent Co-ordinator, Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology
Photographic theory; spectacle; radical criminology; cultural criminology; critical visual culture; post-structuralist critical theory; desire and power; the micropolitics of fascism.
- Dr Caroline Chatwin:
Senior Lecturer in Criminology; Director of Studies for Undergraduate Criminology
European drug policy; young people and victimisation; drug use and subcultural studies.
- Dr Simon Cottee:
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Sociology of crime and deviance; sociology of intellectuals; terrorism and apostasy; coercion; political violence.
- Professor Chris Hale:
Professor of Criminology
How political debates around law and order have affected responses to crime; quantitative analysis of crime data, especially the relationships between crime and fear of crime with wider economic and social changes; evaluations of new interventions and crime reduction strategies; policing; youth crime.
- Dr Jonathan Ilan:
Lecturer in Criminology
Cultural criminology; street culture; urban ethnography; media and crime; youth crime; justice and policing.
- Professor Roger Matthews:
Professor of Criminology; Director of Studies for Postgraduate Criminology
Penology, community safety and crime prevention, prostitution, armed robbery, punitiveness, left realism. Recent publications include: Prostitution Politics and Policy (2008); Doing Time: An Introduction to the Sociology of Imprisonment (2009).
- Professor Larry Ray:
Professor of Sociology
Sociological theory; globalisation; race and ethnicity; violence.
- Dr Simon Shaw:
Lecturer in Criminal Justice Studies; Director of Studies
Youth crime; youth justice; politics of crime; criminal justice policy-making.
- Emeritus Professor K. Stenson:
Professor of Criminology
Criminological theory, risk and governance, youth crime.
- Professor Alex Stevens:
Professor of Criminal Justice; Deputy Head of School (Medway)
The politics and practice of criminal justice, with a specific emphasis on national and international drug policy, youth justice, gangs, organised crime, probation practice and the use of evidence in policymaking.
Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability we place considerable emphasis on you gaining specialist knowledge in your chosen subject alongside core transferable skills. We ensure that you develop the skills and competences that employers are looking for including: research and analysis; policy development and interpretation; independent thought; writing and presentation as well as time management and leadership skills. You also become fully involved in the professional research culture of the School. A postgraduate degree in the area of Criminology is a particularly valuable qualification that can lead to many exciting opportunities and professions.
Recent graduates have gone on to pursue careers across the criminal justice system, encompassing areas such as counter-terrorism, advocacy, probation, social policy and research. Our graduates have found positions in organisations such as the Civil Service, the Ministry of Justice, various police services and the Probation Service.
Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/
Applicants should have a first degree, attaining a 2.1 or equivalent in a social science discipline and must satisfy the School’s minimum English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component), from a qualification taken within the last two years.