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Staffordshire University: Criminal Justice and Forensics

Institution Staffordshire University
Department Law, Policing and Forensics
Study type Research


Staffordshire University supports students studying for PhDs in criminal justice and forensic across a range of topics covering criminal justice, policing, criminology, offender management, forensic science and chemistry. Current areas of expertise and research within the Department include:

  • Forensic detection of clandestine gravesites

  • Recovery of DNA and friction ridge skin marks as forensic evidence

  • Finger mark deposition, latent finger marks

  • Forensic archaeology

  • Microplastics and Forensics fibres

  • Dual Diagnosis Recovery

  • Sample recovery techniques in sexual offence cases

  • Sexual Offence Victims

  • Chemistry – Drugs profiling and Identification

  • Chemical analysis environmental forensics

  • Forensic Genetics

  • mRNA, microRNA, and DNA Methylation analysis of body fluids

  • Clothing damage analysis

  • Expert witness and bias

  • Bloodstain pattern analysis

  • Firearms and ballistics

  • Criminology, criminality, prisons,

  • Offending trajectory of convicted sexual offenders

  • Counter Jihad and far right ideology

  • Evidence-Based Policing

  • Pedagogic research, particularly around Learning Gain, experiential learning and the impact on student employability

Students can study part-time and full-time, on campus and by distance learning. MPhil options may also be available. Full-time PhDs will normally be completed within 3-4 years and part-time PhDs in 6 years. Students usually start in September, January or April but start dates outside these cohorts may be possible in discussion with supervisory teams.

As well as the support provided by their supervisory teams, all PhD students at Staffordshire University are also supported by The Graduate School, which aims to provide a rich, supportive environment for every research degree student situated in the University’s academic schools. They run induction days for new students, to help them understand how their degree works and what to expect. They also offer dozens of workshops each year to help with students’ professional development and contribute to an annual Postgraduate Research Conference, and also host a number of social events where researchers can meet and share experiences.

Potential applicants should contact The Graduate School in the first instance to find out about how to apply.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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