My experience at Christ Church was beyond amazing, not only was my degree non-comparable to anything I’d experienced before but the staff were probably the most knowledgeable, helpful people I’ve ever come across. They are always willing to go above and beyond when they see the true potential in their students. I’ll always be eternally grateful to the staff.



Forensic investigators are key players in investigating and solving crime and they often provide the evidence that ensures offenders are brought to justice. Work at the cutting edge of crime in a job where every day is different.

You will develop practical skills using a range of mock crime scenes, laboratories, policing and court facilities, supported by our expert teaching team have worked as practitioners or researchers within forensics and other related fields.

Our students say that this course is both engaging and exciting, and the extensive experience of the teaching team is invaluable. Current forensic professionals confirm that our course is accurate, innovative and relevant to a range of careers.

Why study Forensic Investigation?

A career in forensic investigation is challenging, exciting and rewarding, and it requires people who are inquisitive, resilient, dedicated, good at problem-solving and enjoy working in a team.

Our course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to forge a successful career in forensic investigation, working with the police, a forensic provider or any other investigative or intelligence agency, for example, the Home Office or HM Customs and Excise.

As well as gaining a solid grounding in core areas of forensic investigation, such as crime scene investigation, forensic science and interpretation, and presentation of evidence, you'll also benefit from a significant amount of practical and laboratory work.

Throughout the course, you'll build your research skills and cast a critical eye over forensic investigation processes. We will support you with finding work experience and volunteering opportunities to help build your confidence and resilience, and enhance your CV. 

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points, including an A2 level at grade C or above (or equivalent) in a science subject.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

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.


Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions and you will typically have around 14 class contact hours per week, supported by additional online materials. Your actual contact hours depend on the optional modules you select.

Lectures are used to provide information and these are supported by small group seminars to enable discussion. Practical sessions allow you to apply your theory to a practical situation and workshops will support you with key skills development. Tutorials are available to provide one to one support.

The team is dedicated to your professional development and they provide many sessions to help you develop personal, as well as academic skills.

The teaching sessions are interactive, allowing you to engage with the material on a deeper level and all practical sessions are designed to enable you to apply theory to context. You will have the opportunity to use a range of specialist methods and equipment relevant to the modules you study and we have a dedicated forensic suite, including a workshop and a range of crime scenes.

You will have the opportunity to gain extensive practical experience and the practical sessions are designed according to real life scenarios. You will also have lectures from professionals working in the field, allowing you to have regular contact with people working in the forensic industry.

We support you with getting work experience and, where possible, we arrange field trips that are designed to consolidate your knowledge (i.e. fire dynamics demonstrations, ballistics / shooting trip etc.)

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will have access to a range of resources we provide to continue learning through self-study. This typically involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your lecturers will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities where appropriate to complete before/after class and provide tutorials where necessary to support your learning.

We also recommend that you set up student study groups and support each other with your studies, as research shows that we learn much better in communities.

A range of study skills and employability workshops are available within the University and we encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.

Each 20 credit module requires approximately 200 hours of learning, of which approximately 50 hours of this is taught class contact time with the remaining being independent study.

You will study six modules per year and this is typically 1200 hours of study per year (37.5 hours per week). 

The teaching team consists of highly qualified and experienced forensic practitioners and academic researchers, who have a range of expertise and experiences. This experience is injected into teaching sessions and assessments to make your experience as realistic as possible. 

The core team is supported by other teams in the University, such as the law, policing and forensic investigation teams, and a range of professionals  currently working in the field who provide guest lectures.

Our degree is taught by forensic practitioners who offer an informative, innovative, practical and rigorous course that will open up a vast range of career opportunities for you.

Niamh SmithSenior Lecturer in Forensic Investigation

How you’ll be assessed

Assessments are a core part of the course and each module has 1-3 assessments that contribute to the 4000 word assessment quota. The course is designed to ensure that each assessment is well supported by written guides, study skills sessions and staff guidance and the course provides you with a range of assessment types to allow you to develop skills that are required in forensic professions and opportunities to repeat each assessment type in each year of study so that you can hone your skills. We also provide opportunities for you to gain formative feedback informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark by providing developmental practice assessments or opportunities to gain feedback on assessment plans.

There are formal or 'summative' assessments during each of the modules and assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, forensic paperwork, forensic statements, portfolios, oral presentations and your final year dissertation. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark and feedback is provided to ensure that you can improve future assessments.

Your future career

This course provides an excellent grounding for any career that involves the collection, analysis and interpretation of information or evidence, as these skills are taught in core modules and transferable to many careers. The graduate (or key) skills that are routinely required by employers are embedded into the Forensic Investigation curriculum and therefore, graduates are normally able to evidence these skills, preparing them for a range of careers and this is evidenced by ex-students who have secured positions in forensic organisations, police forces, prisons, medical laboratories, schools, universities and many went on to do higher degree study.

One of our students volunteered for Kent Police for one year and was placed within the CID office during that time, thereby liaising with detectives and gaining first-hand experience of criminal investigation.

Several of our students have become special constables and are therefore operational police officers while doing their degree course, which provides invaluable experience and also provides them with the opportunity to network and apply for jobs advertised internally within the police.

Several of our students have secured work with emergency services, such as policing, paramedic and within the fire service, as these services value the investigation nature of the programme and the resilience of the graduates produced.

Many of our students progress to postgraduate study to study Masters degrees and PhDs.


The Forensic Investigation course at Canterbury Christ Church University has enabled me to develop a solid foundation of knowledge and practical skills required in the field. The modules involved are relevant and include a perfect balance between classwork and practical work. The lecturers are extremely supportive in all aspects, and they cater to each individual student, for them to reach their highest potential.


Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes

Course Name UCAS Code
Archaeology G8YA

Combined Honours explained.


Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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