Sheffield Hallam University: Law and Criminology

InstitutionSheffield Hallam University
Department Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Research


A period of intensive, supervised study where you will critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic and demonstrate an understanding of suitable research methods.

- Specialise in a chosen area of law and criminology, and attain an advanced qualification in the subject

- Join a thriving research community, working specifically in the Department of Law and Criminology

- Innovate in your project, with the support of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice

- Graduate ready for a wealth of exciting public and private sector careers

On this course, you'll undertake research into a law and criminology-related subject. With close support and mentoring from supervisors, you'll excel as an academic, and as an individual. You'll graduate with specialist expertise and qualifications, with transferable, rounded and desirable skills.

Your supervisory team will include a Director of Studies and one or more second supervisors with expertise in your research area. Much of the work for your degree will be carried out independently, and you will need the initiative, motivation and commitment to succeed. Your supervisors will help you to define your research programme, agree any associated training requirements, and provide direction while encouraging you to develop as an independent researcher.

**You learn through**
- Independent research

- Mentoring with your supervisory team

- Research training, including mandatory ethics and integrity sessions

- Teacher training

**Networking opportunities**
There are numerous opportunities to engage in public events and conferences involving academics and policy makers. There are also regular research training events, seminars and informal meetings where you can practise delivering conference papers in a supportive environment. Funds are available to support you in attending conferences and we encourage you to deliver papers.

We recognise that researchers arrive with a diversity of skills and experience. Therefore, we provide flexible training and development opportunities covering a range of research-related skills. Indicative areas include transferable skills, research ethics and integrity (mandatory), data management, teaching skills and career planning. Your development needs are identified and agreed with your supervisory team at the start of your degree, and reviewed and updated as appropriate.

Research students will be part of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, a leading centre for social justice and human rights. Through the support of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, students will have the opportunity to develop innovative projects which have broader significance for community, national and international policy engagement.

Research degrees are essential qualifications for many academic careers. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills which are applicable to many employment sectors.

**This course prepares you for a career in**
- Government department advisor

- Local government

- Various business-related roles

- Consultancy

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