This programme provides all students with a solid foundation in core forensic themes, as follows: Crime Scene Investigation (All students): This is the first stage of the forensic process where material of potential value is recovered from the scenes of the crime for analysis. This theme starts in Year 1 with a module teaching the basic Principles of Forensic Investigation, followed by Crime Scene Investigation & Specialist Forensic Roles in Year 2 and Fire & Explosion Scene Investigation in Year 3. Students also have the option to choose Crime Scene Management module in Year 3. There is a significant amount of practical work available within these modules to aid the development of practical competency.
Forensic Science (single honours students only): Forensic scientists analyse, interpret and report on exhibits collected during crime scene investigations. Single honours students study this theme starting with Skills for Forensic Investigation (i.e. basic chemistry, biology, maths and computing) in Year 1 and progressing to Forensic Biology & Scientific Methodologies (analytical methods) in Year 2 and Forensic Chemistry in Year 3. They also have the choice of studying an additional Science module Forensic Criminalistics in Year 3. There is extensive amount of practical work available within these modules to aid the development of practical competency.
Interpretation & Presentation of Forensic Evidence (All students): Forensic evidence has no real value until it has been interpreted by an expert within the context of the investigation, and this process may provide evidence of ‘fact’ or ‘opinion’ which is used in court to prove valid points. This is a central theme within all of the forensic modules and Year 3 students also study a bespoke module on this subject, which includes a moot court exercise.
For single honours students, the key themes are explored in more detail in the final year dissertation. In addition to these core themes, there are a range of optional modules available each year, and these are based on police investigations, forensic computing, forensic intelligence, law, criminology, criminal psychology, research methods, general criminal justice structures and procedures and law.