Hi All, This is a call for any last-minute advice before I commit to an unaccredited university. Basically, I'm interested in a PhD programme dealing with cyberculture, in particular new forms of cybercrime. I'm not interested in the technological aspects of cybercrime at all. My interest is in cultural/sociological issues related to areas such as hate crimes. I've obviously applied to a number of UK universities (seven) but had rejections from each one on the basis that it hasn't been possible to put together a suitable supervisory package. It seems that each of these universities has assumed that my research would be cross-disciplinary, needing expertise in IT, criminology, psychology and sociology. Nothing I say seems to convince them otherwise! Please believe me when I say that it's not a case of a poor research proposal - I'm not a newcomer to research since I used to work as a university researcher, already have a MPhil and am well-published (numerous books and papers). I've tried looking around for a suitable university in the USA, South Africa and Australia with very little success. A message posted on this board resulted in two excellent recommendations but they were, unfortunately, out of my price range. In the end, I've settled on an unaccredited USA university that appears to have a reasonable reputation. Just before I actually pay out my (very) hard-earned cash, I thought I'd ask members for their opinions and any last thoughts. Here are my questions: 1. Before I commit to an unaccredited university, can anyone recommend a suitable accredited alternative? My requirements are basically low cost (must be $3500 USD pa or less) and no residency (must be totally DL). 2. If I go with an unaccredited - but completely legal - university, am I in danger of being branded a fraud in the future? I'm not interested in teaching (my MPhil is adequate in terms of credentials for university teaching anyway) so this isn't an issue. I would, however, use the title when writing new books, papers, etc. As usual, any opinions and information are very welcome.