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Post-graduate Research and Teaching

We invite PhD applications in the area of prisons related research. More information can be found on the School of Law PhD page.

Current Doctoral Students:

Mallika Saraswat  Abolitionist Restorative Justice in the UK: Theory and Practice.

Irtiza Sheikh Foreign National Prisoners: A Different Perspective on Punishment in England and Wales.

Awarded doctoral degrees:

Matt Cracknell Practitioner and Service User Experiences of Short-term Imprisonment and Resettlement under the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014.

Ildiko Cseri Is Your Accent Guilty: Is your accent guilty? The Experiences of Foreign Born Domestic Violence Victims within the English Criminal Justice System.

Susan Hillyard Are Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) an Effective Risk Management Tool for Young People with Learning Disabilities? Sponsorship though RESPOND UK national charity

Anastasia Karamalidou A Critical Assessment of Human Rights in Prison: The English and Dutch Experience.

Eric Beckford An Exploration into What Works in Effectively Engaging Young Adult Offenders in Probation Supervision: Practitioners and Probationers Perspectives.

MSc Criminology with Forensic Psychology

This programme aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of the intersections between criminology and psychology. The MSc is taught by colleagues with expertise and research specialisms within the criminology, socio-legal, psychology and psychiatry disciplines. The programme is directed at practice professionals wishing to advance career prospects and those wishing to enter fields of work that embrace aspects of crime causation and institutional criminal justice responses to complex crime issues, offender rehabilitation and therapeutic support systems.

Students will gain an advanced understanding of;

  • Contemporary issues and debates in crime and offending
  • The main theories relevant to explaining crime and offending behaviour from criminological and psychological perspectives
  • The central concerns of forensic psychology to explain crime and offending  behaviour
  • Different methodological approaches to researching and evaluating crime, offender behaviour and institutional interventions
  • The key criminal justice institutions whose roles and function intersect with psychological dimensions of crime and offending (ie. the police, courts, probation, prisons)

View programme details on the

Contact: Dr Jenni Ward (Programme Leader)

MA Criminology

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Contact: Dr Angus Nurse (Programme Leader)

MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology

Contact: Dr. David Porteous (Programme Leader)

Middlesex University is a part of the ‘Learning Together’ Network established by Cambridge University.  The Learning Together initiative brings students from within universities and prisons to learn with and from one another in an innovative method of knowledge exchange and discussion. Middlesex University’s partnership with HMP Wandsworth has been in place since 2017 and involves a 10 week criminology module delivered in collaboration with the prison education team (see the evaluation report)

The ‘Learning Together’ initiative is  endorsed by the Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) and the Middlesex and Wandworth Prison partnership is a part of the PET prison university partnerships in learning network

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