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 DTP students


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