Welcome to Canterbury Christ Church University and congratulations on beginning your Applied Criminology with Forensic Investigation degree. We have no doubt that you will find the next three years exploring the worlds of criminology and forensic investigation exciting, rewarding and challenging as you prepare for a truly remarkable career. We are sure that you have many questions, so we would like to reassure you that we have carefully designed your degree so that you will receive information at the times it will be most useful.

Donley Jack
Course Director

Key dates

Start date: 19 September 2022

Academic Calendar: Semesters - click here for more about this Academic Calendar including key dates for learning and teaching, breaks and assessment periods

The first time we will meet will be the week commencing 19th September when you will be invited to join a number of Welcome Activities and you will receive the key information you need to get started with your studies.

Getting a job may seem very far in the future, but your first year at university is a good time to start getting involved with activities and filling in your CV with activities and experiences. On completion of your Welcome Activities, you will be a fully-fledged member of the applied criminology and forensic investigation cohort and on Monday 26th September 2022, the real work begins, as you start all of your modules…how exciting! There is no doubt that choosing to embark on a degree course is a big commitment in time, energy and money. We are excited that you have taken this big step and we assure you that we are fully committed to helping you to reach your goal….so embrace your future. We will be with you all the way!

Getting started

The Forensic Investigation aspects of the degree course aims to help you develop a solid foundation in core forensic themes including Crime Scene Investigation and Interpretation & Presentation of Forensic Evidence. You will have the opportunity to study a range of modules in crime scene investigation, to allow you to gain a thorough understanding of the theories and procedures that are associated with a range of crime types, accidents and disasters. The Applied Criminology elements of the degree course aims to help you develop a solid foundation in core criminological theories, and many opportunities to apply these theories to current crime problems, while also offering you opportunities to study related subjects such as Law, Criminal Psychology and Policing. Your course has been designed using the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) benchmarks for forensic and criminology degree courses. This means that your course provides you opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills valued by forensic, criminology and related employers.

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters, in each semester you will study 3 modules - Semester 1 (Sept-Jan) and Semester 2 (Feb-May).

At Level 4 you will study:

Semester 1

  • Introducing Forensic Investigation
  • Crime: Representations and Realities
  • Introducing Crime, Offences and Justice

Semester 2

  • Introducing Crime Scene Investigation
  • Crime: Narratives and Explanations
  • Introducing Psychology and Crime

The Applied Criminology and Forensic Investigation teams are comprised of industry and research experts, who are still professionally active in their chosen field undertaking work for various agencies alongside their lecturing duties. We also bring in external subject matter experts for certain sessions to ensure that the student experience is as current and extensive as possible. If you would like a copy of the provisional course timetable, or any further information, please email: criminology@canterbury.ac.uk. We are here to help. Prior to commencing the course, it is a good idea to start familiarising yourself with the national and international crime agencies that will feature as part of your learning.

The following are the official websites that will assist you:

You are also advised to watch crime documentaries and read books about real life crime.

Your welcome and induction will be w/c 19 September 2022 - we look forward to meeting you then.

Pre-course reading

Given you have worked very hard to get into university, we recommend that you use the summer to prepare yourself for your transition to higher education and take some time to relax and rejuvenate. However, if you are keen to get started, we recommend any academic criminology or forensic introductory textbook that suits your learning style.

Our first year students particularly like:

  • Burke, R. (2018) An Introduction to Criminological Theory. Abingdon: Routledge
  • Coyle, T. and White, P. ed. (2016) Crime Scene To Court: The Essentials Of Forensic Science. Cambridge: RSC.
  • Davies, M., Croall. & Tyrer, J. (2015) Criminal Justice. Harlow: Palgrave
  • Hale, C., Hayward, K., Wahidin, A. & Wincup, E. (2013) Criminology. Oxford: OUP
  • Jackson, A. and Jackson, J. (2016) Forensic Science. 4 th Ed. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Newburn, T. (2017) Criminology. 3rd Ed. Abingdon: Routledge
  • Saferstein, R. (2015) Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science. Harlow: Pearson.

You could also delve into the subject by watching crime documentaries and researching high profile crimes on the Internet and explore how forensic investigation was used in these cases, as this is what you will be working on in the future. Crime Library is a good website but note that it is not reviewed by forensic personnel, so some details may be incorrect. When doing your research, use reliable websites for forensic information such as:

For more information visit course page

Applied Criminology and Forensic Investigation

Applied Criminology Course Administrator
Canterbury Christ Church University North Holmes Road Canterbury Kent CT1 1QU