Forensic investigation is a wide ranging subject area, drawing principally from scientific methods and practical training within criminal investigation. There is an increasing demand for graduates with a broad forensic skills set. This course is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career with an investigative emphasis.
You will have the opportunity to participate in many indoor and outdoor practical exercises in purpose-designed facilities under the tuition of experienced staff. You will use our Crime Scene Training Facility, which includes two bedrooms, one with an ensuite, a lounge-kitchen-diner, a bank and a drugs lab where you can carry out full-scale simulated crime scene investigations. Please visit the facilities section to find out more about our forensic science facilities.
The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points from 3 A-Levels including 32 from one required subject, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
This course is aimed at those within the biological and analytical sciences but also provides understanding and knowledge of key concepts in relevant law, professional skills, crime scenes and forensic sciences. You will be able to pursue this specialist area of expertise from forensic investigation to the court room.
Introduction to Forensic Investigation
Topics in Contemporary Science
Reporting, Investigative and Practical Skills
Introduction to Toxicology
Forensic Law & Practice
Applied Geospatial Science
Field Research - Environment
Occupational Health and Safety
Independent Research Project
Advanced Forensic Science
Forensic Investigation is a wide ranging subject area, therefore graduates will have a broad set of forensic skills, allowing them to pursue a number of different careers. Possible career opportunities include the following:
Customs and Excise
The Environmental Agency
Private consultancies in investigation work
Private detective agencies
Fraud investigation normally based in banks and insurance companies
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