You'll start the course with an introduction to forensic investigation and aspects of science and psychology, and you'll explore crime, offences and justice. From this solid foundation, you'll explore forensic investigation in more depth and you'll develop personal skills and qualities that are needed to work in the field.
As you progress through the course, you'll be able to select optional modules focusing on specific areas, such as sexual and domestic abuse, cyber security, fire and explosion scene investigation.
In your final year, you'll conduct independent research on a specific aspect of forensic investigation. You'll carry out in depth studies with the support of an academic supervisor.
Throughout the course, you'll develop study and employability skills to ensure you reach your full academic and career potential and, where possible, you'll have opportunities to participate in trips or visits to gain insight into the workings of forensic investigation. Previous students have attended mock crime scene exercises within police forces, post-mortem examinations, a shooting range trip and court trips.
Three members of the forensic teaching team advised and starred on an episode of the BBC Top Gear programme, which investigated forensic evidence that could be found in used cars.
One member of the teaching team is a trained coach and mentor and has injected this influence into the degree course structure, to enable students to develop as people and professionals, in addition to learning the subject. It is often personal qualities such as confidence that prevents us from reaching our potential, and this approach is actively helping students to overcome issues that might impact their success.