Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work

The Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work pathway addresses three distinctive – yet interrelated – key topic areas. Criminological research within this pathway ranges from critical assessments observing components of, and practices within, the criminal justice and penal estates, including matters relating to ‘crime’, criminality, ‘victims’ and victimisation. Questions of social policy are frequently a core aspect of such research, but a dedicated focus on Social Policy is also considered a substantive research area in its own right, offering a wide remit of postgraduate and postdoctoral research possibilities.

Issues pertaining to Social Work likewise present fundamental agendas to be addressed within this pathway, engaging with historical and contemporary social problems, and covering a broad variety of social injustices and social inequalities pertaining to, for example, family, education, and the provision of care. Close collaborative (e.g. CASE studentship) work is also undertaken and encouraged within this pathway with relevant external organisations. The disciplinary boundaries within this pathway therefore often transcend the three substantive topical areas, but this pathway additionally fosters potential linkages with other substantive pathways including, for example, the Socio-legal Studies and Sociology pathways – our two closest cognate training routes.

Programmes eligible for NWSSDTP funding

N.B. Master’s programmes can only be funded as part of a 1+3/2+2 Studentship

Keele University

Lancaster University

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

For information on how to apply for funding, please visit our How to Apply page.

Pathway Representatives

Contact details for Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work Pathway Representatives at each institution can be found here

Current Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work NWSSDTP students

Rosemary Oram (2017 Cohort)

Deaf parents and safeguarding – cultural-linguistic perspectives on parenting assessment

This research study focuses on Deaf British Sign Language users and parenting assessments integral to child safeguarding professional processes and practices.  The overall aim is to examine, from the perspective of both Deaf BSL-using parents and social work professionals in England, the current state of social work practice involving Deaf parents, ranging from initial contact through to family court proceedings.

Elouise Davies (2017 Cohort)

Is Domestic Violence Violent Crime?

Investigating types of violent crime in relation to frequency and severity (injury and harm) to identify the relationship of these and whether the sex of the victim and victim-perpetrator relationship are significant. This will answer the question of whether domestic violence should have its own aetiology or whether it should be included in the aetiology of violent crime.


Liam Markey Head ShotLiam Markey, (2018 Cohort)

Mediating Militarism: Chronicling 100 Years of British ‘Military Victimhood’ from Print to Digital, 1918 – 2018

This CASE project takes advantage of unique access to print and digital materials captured and held by the British Library, to chronicle and explore the changing public portrayal of the British war dead from the print to the digital age.


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