Applicants can apply to conduct a PhD research project on any topic relating to miscarriages of justice/wrongful convictions. Applicants could consider for example the causes of miscarriages of justice, (for example in relation to criminal investigations, the legal system, expert evidence, forensic science/digital forensics, disclosure, investigative interviewing etc), trials in the Magistrates Court or Crown Court, or responses to miscarriages of justice.
Applicants are required to submit a research proposal (of approx. 1500 words excluding references) setting out a short literature review giving the context of the proposed study, the research aims and research questions, the methods to answer the research questions and the ethical considerations.
Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in criminology/criminal justice, policing, law, psychology or any aligned discipline (2:1 or above). Skilled in qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis. Practical experience and/or knowledge of criminal investigations, miscarriages of justice, and legal processes would be desirable.