Our MSci Forensic Science with Criminology course will offer students to specialize in homicide investigation, physical evidence analysis, analytical toxicology and the management of crime scenes. Combined with a thorough understanding of the key processes used within the field of criminal investigation, plus the acquisition of highly sought after practical skills, you will be able to apply for a range of positions in the field of forensic and crime scene investigation.
This course covers all of the core aspects of forensic science, from crime scene to court, and with a focus upon analytical chemistry, evidence examination and interpretation and criminology and the criminal justice system in each of years 1 to 3.
Year 4 will focus upon analytical toxicology and crime scene management and evidence analysis. As well as having the opportunity to complete a PRINCE2 Foundation level qualification in project management, our MSci course should make you highly employable within these fields of science, or within the wider criminal justice sector.
Practical work, method development, quality assurance, instrument maintenance and research skills dominate the year 4 curriculum.
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.
Introduction to Forensic Science
Introduction to Criminalistics
Understanding Crime, Criminals and Victims
Understanding Criminal Justice
Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists
Penology: Prisons and Offender Management
Forensic Earth Science
Electron Microscopy and X-ray Analysis
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Fire and Explosion Investigation
Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence and Information (includes Case Studies, Courtroom skills and a literature review)
Crime Scene Management and Evidence Analysis
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 developing your analytical skills in our laboratories.
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.