This course is ideal for those with an enquiring mind, a deep interest in science and a curiosity about how and why things happen. You will develop the ability to judge the importance of physical evidence based on incident scene observation and the results of laboratory tests.
On this course you will develop the ability to judge the importance of physical evidence based on incident scene observations and the results of laboratory analysis.
Studying Forensic Science will enable you to:
Careers and employability
Your career development
Most FdSc Forensic Science students continue studying to BSc level. Alternatively, you'll be well suited to work in a laboratory environment for a forensic service provider or in education.
Employers in the fields of chemistry, biology and physics as well as forensic science highly value graduates with a strong background in:
These skills are invaluable for careers in:
Our recent forensic science graduates have gone onto the following careers:
You will have access to a range of first-class facilities and will develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the graduate employment market.
This is a typical residential property based on-campus and used exclusively as a crime scene investigation training facility. The rooms are set up to replicate a range of realistic crime scene scenarios, ranging from burglaries and assaults to searches for illegal substances. You will:
You will have access to a large reference collection of spent and inert shotgun, rifle, pistol and revolver ammunition to train in ammunition recognition.
The focal point of the Ballistics Laboratory is the comparison microscope, which you will use to identify the characteristics of spent cartridge cases and bullets recovered from crime scenes.
You will have access to ammunition and firearms identification databases, which are the same as those used by UK ballistics experts and firearms examiners.
You will learn how to use the video spectral comparator (VSC) to determine the authenticity of security documents such as:
You will also learn how to recover indented writing evidence from documents using the electrostatic detection apparatus (ESDA). A wide of photographic stands and specialist light sources are available for use in photographing a range of evidence types that have been recovered from crime scenes. All Forensic Science students are trained in digital photography and image processing.
How you're taught
You will have around 10 hours per week of scheduled contact time. The remainder of the time is for self-directed learning, including library work and research. We have an open door policy, which means that contact time is actually higher than scheduled.
You will be assessed on a variety of components:
Coursework and Practical