Faculty of Life Sciences and Education - Glyntaff - University of South Wales

Bachelor in Forensic Investigation - Grado en Investigación Forense

Faculty of Life Sciences and Education - Glyntaff - University of South Wales
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Our brand new MSci Forensic Investigation course has been designed to allow students without a traditional science background, or those with a specific interest in this area, to acquire knowledge and practical skill relating to the use of crime scene processing, evidence analysis and interpretation and forensic management strategies. The course will explore contemporary areas of forensic investigation including the use of techniques in the criminal investigation of sport and competition, consumer products such as foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, coinage and artwork, the investigation of wildlife crime, and in the investigation of terrorism.

The course will combine studies at Bachelors and Masters level by offering a single, integrated package allowing to gain higher level skills in crime scene examination, crime scene management, and evidence analysis, together with learning about the structure and processes that regulate the criminal justice system and the law associated with criminal investigation.


Titulo de Bachillerato or the Selectividad with an average mark of 6.
Curso de Orientación Universitaria (COU) with an average mark of 6.
Técnico Especialista (Formación Profesional – segundo grado).
Ingeniero Técnico (from Escuela de Ingeniero Técnico).
Diplomado / Diplomatura.
English language qualifications:

GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score for Undergraduate of 80 IBT
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 169 with at least 162 in each component ; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE II Distinction or ISE III Pass for undergraduate courses
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests, in some cases, we may also be able to accept the communicator level (B2)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 51 points in each element for the majority of undergraduate programmes
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.


By taking this course, you will have the opportunity to gain a highly valued education from a provider of forensic science, policing and criminology degree courses by learning from practitioners, researchers, criminologists and ex-Police Officers who are experts in their fields.

Our MSci Forensic Investigation course will allow you to apply for a wide range of careers within the criminal justice sector including physical evidence analysts and crime scene investigators.

Study a year 4 module in Project Design, Management and Enterprise leading to a PRINCE2 Foundation Qualification, illustrating not only your project management capabilities but your entrepreneurial side. Practical work, forensic management and strategies, quality assurance, and research skills dominate the year 4 curriculum.

Year 1
Introduction to Forensic Science
Introduction to Criminalistics
Science for Forensic Investigation
Understanding Criminal Justice
Police Duties and Law (I)
Mathematics Workshop
Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists
Year 2
Forensic Evidence
Practical Applications of Forensic Investigation
Forensic Imaging
Digital Forensics and Security
Police Duties and Law (II)
Forensic Earth Science
Year 3
Specialist Forensic Investigation
Photography Portfolio
Forensic Evidence (II)
Forensic Microscopy
Police Duties and Law (III)
Fire and Explosion Investigation
Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence and Information (includes Case Studies, Courtroom skills and a literature review)
Year 4
Crime Scene Management and Evidence Analysis
Violent Extremism and Terrorism
Project Design, Management and Enterprise
Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Casework
Laboratory Research Project
Learning and teaching methods
Modules in years 1 to 3 are taught linearly across three academic terms, meaning that you will usually receive a lecture in each module every week, allowing you to build up your knowledge throughout the year. This will also be supplemented by practical work in our Crime Scene House or in our laboratories, and especially in year 1, small group tutorials to offer you extra academic study support. In years 2 and 3, we encourage a greater level of independent directed study, and there is greater time spent on studying contemporary and traditional applications of forensic investigation.

In year 4, modules are taught through the block-mode approach, meaning study is more intensive, and is focussed upon one module at one time. This allows you to conduct longer, more involved practicals and research-style experiments to gain greater exposure to these higher level skills. The research project is usually taken over the summer in year 4.

Salidas profesionales

All of our year 4 research projects will be related in some way to projects and research conducted by industry. There may be opportunities to liaise with or work alongside industry to complete final laboratory research projects.

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