PhD Studentship in Law

University of South Wales - Crime, Justice and Society (CJS) Research Institute

The University of South Wales (USW) is delighted to invite applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship within the Crime, Justice and Society (CJS) Research Institute. The CJS Research Institute is one of six Research Institutes at USW that were established to create a positive impact on research focus, research sustainability and reputation for research (see for further details). 

The CJS Research Institute includes members from the allied disciplines of Criminology, Law, Police Sciences, Psychology and Social Policy. To date, members of the CJS Research Institute have collaborated extensively with business and government, as well as public and third sector organisations, both nationally and internationally.

Much of the research undertaken is applied research that has had an important impact on society.  The results of the REF 2014 in relation to the Social Work and Social Policy Unit of Assessment (which includes Criminology and Police Sciences) are a testimony to this:  80% of the research impact was rated as world-leading (4*), which ranked us eight in the UK and top in Wales.

The scholarship represents a significant investment in the next generation of social science scholars and research, and are integral to the University’s planning for the next REF exercise.

This call is open to scholars with research interests in one of the areas specified below and we welcome applicants employing a range of methods and (inter)disciplinary approaches.


  • Family law
  • International human rights
  • Criminal law

Scholarship details

Three years full-time fees will be paid by the University, together with a bursary of £14,000 per annum (no inflation increase) which may include the requirement to undertake up to a maximum of six hours teaching per week in the faculty commensurate with the candidate’s experience and expertise. The successful applicant will be offered research methods training and support to develop their professional teaching skills.


Closing date for applications: 7th November 2016

Interviews to be held: December 2016.

Expected start date: January 2017.


Home/EU graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants should hold a first-class or upper second class degree in a relevant subject, and normally either a Masters’ degree in a relevant subject.


Details of how to apply are on the University Graduate Research Office web pages: Applicants should select MPhil/PhD (Social Policy & Criminology) or MPhil/PhD (Law / Accounting & Finance) when applying.

Applicants should submit a research proposal outlining the research questions, theoretical framework, methods and timeframe for completion of the research. Proposals should clearly explain the original contribution to knowledge. Advice on preparing a research proposal can be found here:


To discuss proposals and supervision ahead of formal submission please contact:

Ruth Gaffney-Rhys (

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