PhD Studentship Sentencing at the Old Bailey 1780-1880


Closing Date: 10 January 2014

This thesis on “Sentencing factors and disposals” will explore and examine all of the contextual linked-data on the life-course of the people sentenced to imprisonment at the Old Bailey. There are a variety of sentencing factors that must be taken into consideration when sentencing offenders: severity of the offence, whether the case is heard on indictment, and so on. There are also a number of other factors which may have played a part – the perceived social status of the defendant, the number of previous convictions, the perceived status of the complainant, and so on. This thesis will use data retrieved from a number of online digital sources  to investigate the overt and hidden factors that may have influenced whether a convicted felon was found not-guilty, imprisoned or transported.

Award Details

Due to funding, the award will cover the cost of UK/EU tuition fees and provides an annual maintenance grant (currently £13,811 per year) for three years.  The studentships will commence on 1 February 2014.


In addition to applying for the studentship, applicants need to apply directly to the University of Liverpool for entrance into the doctoral programme.

The general eligibility requirements are:

  • Students applying for a doctoral studentship should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification.
  • Awards are open to UK and EU applicants, who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of their course.

Please contact Professor barry Godfrey for further details:

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