Forensic Investigation

BSc single honours or in combination with either Applied Criminology, Archaeology, Biosciences or Psychology Forensic Investigation 2016/17

Are you looking for a career that is challenging, progressive, exciting, rewarding and truly remarkable? Are you an inquisitive, resilient, dedicated person who is good at problem solving and enjoys working in a team? If you are, forensic investigation may be the programme for you! Forensic investigation is the investigation of crime using specialist procedures and methods (often scientific in nature) and therefore forensic investigators typically work within the police service or forensic laboratories. As ex-forensic practitioners, the teaching staff know that you need to develop core knowledge and skills in the areas of police investigation, forensic science and law in order to be a good forensic investigator, as an understanding of the entire criminal justice process enables us to be more effective investigators.

This knowledge base is therefore highly regarded by employers and the Forensic Investigation degree programme has been designed to incorporate these key areas, giving you choice and scope and improving your chances of gaining employment in forensic or related fields after graduation.

In addition to ensuring that the scope, quality and currency of the programme content meets the demands of forensic employers, we have also embedded a significant amount of practical and laboratory work into the crime scene and forensic science modules, to enable the development of practical skills, competency in completing forensic documentation and an understanding of the application of concepts to real cases. We also provide opportunities for students to gain work experience in the field through volunteer work, paid work, visits to external organisations, projects with external partners and regular exposure to forensic professionals through guest lectures, again increasing the chance of employment.

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.

This programme provides a very good grounding for any field where the collection, analysis and interpretation of physical evidence is required, but our students typically find employment within the police service (as police officers or scientific support staff) or forensic science organisations or go on to study for a higher degree. The graduate (or key) skills that are routinely required by employers are embedded into the forensic investigation curriculum and therefore, graduates are able to evidence these skills, preparing them for a range of careers and this is evidenced by ex-students who have secured positions in related areas, such as the intelligence services, the prison service, accountancy firms, trading standards, fraud investigation organisations, and teaching. Therefore, although this degree will prepare you for a forensic or investigative career, the job opportunities available on graduation are far more varied, as the transferable skills set you gain makes you an attractive prospect to many employers.

Single Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Introduction to Law
  • Principles of Forensic Investigation (30 Credit)
  • Science for Forensic Investigation
  • Skills for Forensic Investigators (10 Credit)

Optional Modules:

  • An Overview of Justice
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Core Policing Skills
  • Introduction to Law and Policing

Year 2

Core:

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Forensic Biology
  • Research Methods for Forensic Investigation
  • Scientific Methods

Optional modules:

  • Animal Abuse and Wildlife Crime
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Cybercrime
  • Psychology and the Criminal Justice System
  • Reconstructing Crime Events
  • Recovery and Identification of Human Remains

Year 3

Core:

  • Individual Study (40 Credits) Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Interpretation and Presentation of Forensic Evidence

Optional modules:

  • Forensic Criminalistics
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Forensic Intelligence and Modelling
  • Psychology in the Criminal Justice System
  • 'Terrorism' and Political Violence

Combined Honours Modules
Forensic Investigation with Applied Criminology

Year 1

Core:

  • Principles of Forensic Investigation (30 Credit)
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Skills for Forensic Investigators (10 Credit)

Year 2

Core:

  • Crime Scene Investigation

Optional modules:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Cybercrime
  • Reconstructing Crime Events
  • Research Methods for Forensic Investigation
  • Recovery and Identification of Human Remains

Year 3

Core:

  • Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Interpretation and Presentation of Forensic Evidence

Optional modules:

  • Forensic Criminalistics
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Individual Study (40 Credits) Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Intelligence and Modelling
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Psychology in the Criminal Justice System
  • Individual Study (20 Credits)
  • 'Terrorism' and Political Violence

Forensic Investigation with Biosciences

Year 1

Core:

  • Principles of Forensic Investigation (30 Credit)
  • Science for Forensic Investigation
  • Skills for Forensic Investigators (10 Credit)

Year 2

Core:

  • Forensic Biology
  • Scientific Methods

Optional modules:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Cybercrime
  • Reconstructing Crime Events
  • Research Methods for Forensic Investigation
  • Recovery and Identification of Human Remains

Year 3

Core:

  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Interpretation and Presentation of Forensic Evidence

Optional modules:

  • Forensic Criminalistics
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Individual Study (40 Credits) Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Intelligence and Modelling
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Psychology in the Criminal Justice System
  • Individual Study (20 Credits)
  • 'Terrorism' and Political Violence

Forensic Investigation with Psychology

Year 1

Core:

  • An Overview of Justice
  • Principles of Forensic Investigation (30 Credit)
  • Skills for Forensic Investigators (10 Credit)

Year 2

Core:

  • Crime Scene Investigation

Optional modules:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Cybercrime
  • Psychology and the Criminal Justice System
  • Reconstructing Crime Events
  • Research Methods for Forensic Investigation
  • Recovery and Identification of Human Remains

Year 3

Core:

  • Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Interpretation and Presentation of Forensic Evidence

Optional modules:

  • Forensic Criminalistics
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Individual Study (40 Credits) Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Intelligence and Modelling
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Psychology in The Criminal Justice System
  • Individual Study (20 Credits)
  • 'Terrorism' and Political Violence

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas*
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000

Part-time

N/A

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The programme team aims to provide an informal, well structured and supportive environment, with a balance of encouragement and constructive criticism, in order to enable students to develop self confidence and academic and practical competency.  The main methods of learning and teaching are lectures, seminars, tutorials, online materials, practical sessions & laboratory sessions and there is also extensive group work throughout the programme to enhance team & communication skills and to encourage peer mingling and support.  It is expected that students will progressively develop independence and take more responsibility for their own learning over the three years of study.

Methods of assessment used include various forms of written assignment (e.g. essays, reports, reflective and critical journals & a dissertation), practical reports (e.g. forensic documentation, witness statements, scientific papers &, laboratory reports), presentations (i.e. case study / scientific paper / task group presentations & mock courts),  task orientated assignments (e.g. data handling, computer-based assessment & on-line discussions) and examinations (e.g. multiple choice, short answer & essay questions). Support is provided for all assessments and the assessments are designed to encourage acquisition of knowledge and specific skills (i.e. presentations develop confidence for presenting in court).

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UCAS code

  • F410 Forensic Investigation

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points
    An A2 level at C, or above, in a science subject is required for single honours entry. More entry requirement details.

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