BSc Forensic Investigation (single honours)

When BBC’s Top Gear needed help on a forensic segment of their programme, they called the Forensic Investigation team at Canterbury Christ Church to help them arrange it, and we supplied three staff and one of our forensic scientist friends to assist. Watch the clip here|.


 Forensic Investigation

Our dynamic and hands-on BSc (Hons) degree in forensic investigation| focuses on the practices applied to investigative processes from the crime scene through to the court room. This includes studying the fundamentals of the field, such as the work of Locard and Kirk, as well as basic scientific principles, study of analytical forensic sciences, and the interpretation and presentation of evidence.

Why study forensic investigation with us?

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Studying our forensic investigation degree will give you a strong background in science, scientific methods and investigation, applications of logic and the ability to critically analyse arguments.
The skills you gain will serve you well in any future field where physical or documentary evidence and investigative skills are required to produce meaningful conclusions. 
There is a significant practical component so you can gain experience of the practical application of the material you study in lectures.

  • Our facilities include science labs, a dedicated forensic workshop, crime scenes and our own Crown Court.
 Comparison Microscopy
  • Our dedicated forensic workshop includes comparison microscopes, a Video Spectral Comparator, Electrostatic Document Analysis (ESDA) equipment, electrostatic lifting apparatus and air benches for fingerprinting.
  • Learn skills from teaching staff including police officers, senior detectives, crime scene investigators, practising forensic scientists and experienced academics.
  • 75% of our full-time lecturers have worked in crime scene work, crime scene training and forensic consulting.
  • Gain a range of graduate skills including self-motivation, individual and team working, communication and IT skills, and problem solving abilities.
  • Our staff are actively involved in research – read about the latest publications.
  • Graduate at historic Canterbury Cathedral.

Single or Combined honours

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Single honours forensic investigation focuses on the crime scene, gaining knowledge and practical experience of the investigation of a range of crime scene types, and the interpretation of the evidence retrieved, as well as gaining knowledge and experience of a range of forensic laboratory analyses and the interpretation of such evidence. Our degree is flexible and if you do not wish to focus entirely on Forensic Investigation you can combine it with other subjects such as Applied Criminology.

View the online prospectus| entry to find out more about the degree.

The work of forensic investigators

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Effective forensic investigations require trained individuals to recognise, record and recover physical or digital evidence and to understand its potential value in the context of the offence which has been committed. Forensic investigation is a combination of forensic science, law and criminal investigation and can be described as a problem-solving activity which supports investigations.  The typical role in which these skills are used is crime scene investigation but the skills you gain can also help you follow a career in the police force, customs and excise, trading standards or any industry which involves investigation work.

What our students say

 Denitsa Lazarova

“I loved all the lab exercises, very interesting, great equipment! What I liked the most about my experience was the way lecturers delivered the lectures. They are funny, experienced, full of great stories, and make studying a lot more fun and enjoyable. They were always ready to help any time I needed tutorial or had a question/problem. I highly recommend Christ Church to international students, I have always felt welcomed, and most of the lecturers and students are from different backgrounds!” Denitsa Lazarova.

Interested in visiting us? There are a number of ways you can meet our friendly teaching team:
University Open Days are available throughout the year|

To arrange a bespoke visit day for schools and colleges or to speak to a member of the teaching team contact the programme administrator|.