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Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentships Legal, Criminological and Policing research

All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. PGRs working on legal, criminological, or policing projects are normally housed in the School of Law, Criminology and Policing.

Within the School of Law, Criminology and Policing we have world leading experts, both in terms of academic research and practice. The School also enables you to conduct interdisciplinary research. Please see our staff webpages for further information.

Research lies at the heart of the School of Law, Criminology and Policing. For instance, in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework three-quarters of our published research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world‐leading’. The School has dedicated research centres and units in: International Justice and Human Rights; Policing; Power, Harm and Justice; and Sports Law; plus an interdisciplinary research unit on Philosophy, Culture, Law and Criminology.

The University welcomes applications connected to the following themes, although we would consider proposals linked to other fields of legal, criminological or policing research. Additional research information can be found on the research area webpages. All postgraduate researchers will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.


In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to legal, criminological and policing research to the Graduate School with Professor Andrew Millie, Graduate School research degree contact for Law, Criminology and Policing included. You will also find Professor Millie on LinkedIn.

Research themes

International justice and human rights

  • Asylum and migration law.
  • Human rights.
  • International criminal law.
  • International humanitarian law.
  • International peace and security law.


  • Evidence-based policing.
  • Police cultures. 
  • Police ethnography.
  • Policing domestic violence.
  • Policing vulnerability.

Philosophy, culture, law and criminology

  • Criminology and music.
  • Criminology and Christian ethics.
  • Penal theory and ethics.
  • Philosophical criminology.
  • Sensory and aesthetic criminology.

Power, harm and justice

  • Critical criminology and literature.
  • Gender-based violence.
  • Imprisonment, harm and justice.
  • Migration and ‘crimmigration’.
  • Oral histories of power, harm and justice.

Sports law

(Centre for Sports Law Research)

  • EU and international sport law.
  • Football regulation and law.
  • Sports arbitration and dispute resolution.
  • Sports diplomacy and law.
  • UK sports law.