Forensic Science Foundation

Nottingham Trent University

Course Options
  • FdScFull-timeSeptember2 years

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Course Information

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:

  • Understand crime scene science.
  • Use case studies to highlight the range of approaches required in forensic investigations as well as analytical instruments, microscopy and the English legal system.
  • Find out how the acquisition of crime scene evidence is studied as well as genetic identification.

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:

  • scientific investigation
  • the reconstruction of events
  • the presentation of findings.

These skills are invaluable for careers in:

  • Forensic Science
  • law enforcement (for example, the police, Customs and Excise, immigration and fraud investigation)
  • academic research.

Our recent forensic science graduates have gone onto the following careers:

Facilities

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.

Crime Scene Training Facility

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:

  • take on the role of Crime Scene Examiner
  • develop your investigation, collection and analysis techniques.

Ballistics Laboratory

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.

Document Examination Laboratory

You will learn how to use the video spectral comparator (VSC) to determine the authenticity of security documents such as:

  • passports
  • identity cards
  • currency.

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

  • Assignments
  • Dissertation
  • Group projects
  • Case studies
  • Oral presentations
  • Laboratory assessments and reports

Written

  • Exams
  • Written tests
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