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Forensic Investigation

Work placements

Get practical career experience in relevant business sectors

Industry recognised

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Excellent facilities

Including £30m Science Centre & Crime Scene House

UCAS code:
F412
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
21 September 2020
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This course is available in Clearing. Call our Clearing hotline on 0800 590 830 or find out more about Clearing.
School:
School of Law, Policing and Forensics
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We are changing the way we deliver our courses from September 2020 to ensure a great student experience within a COVID-secure environment.

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Our Forensic Investigation degree gives you the skills required for a career with the police, forensic providers, or investigative and intelligence agencies.

Our Forensic Investigation degree is ideal for those who have a strong interest in criminalistics, forensics, crime scene science and evidence analysis.

We will equip you for a career working with the police, a forensic provider or any other investigative or intelligence agency, such as the Home Office, HM Customs and Excise.

Our industry standard facilities include a crime scene house, specialist laboratories and equipment to capture fibre evidence and fingerprinting.

In Year 1, you will be introduced to the principles and practical techniques of forensic investigation. You’ll study the power of search and arrest, crime scene documentation, the identification, recovery and analysis of evidence and the interpretation of forensic results.

During Year 2, you’ll analyse and interpret a range of criminalistic and biological evidence types, including fingerprints, questioned documents, skeletal remains and body fluids.

You will also enhance your investigative skills, gaining experience in crime scene management, developing forensic strategies and interviewing witnesses and victims.

In Year 3 for our BSc (Hons) students, you’ll follow the complete process from investigating major crime, to recovering and analysing evidence to present in court.

Our MSci course combines Bachelors and Masters level study in one integrated programme and we add the opportunity to undertake professional work experience. Whichever degree you choose to complete, you’ll develop a wide range of specialist skills to understand the roles of individuals involved in criminal investigation.

Our Forensic Investigation degree is ideal for those who have a strong interest in criminalistics, forensics, crime scene science and evidence analysis.

We will equip you for a career working with the police, a forensic provider or any other investigative or intelligence agency, such as the Home Office, HM Customs and Excise.

Our industry standard facilities include a crime scene house, specialist laboratories and equipment to capture fibre evidence and fingerprinting.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Forensic Investigation

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In Year 1, you will be introduced to the principles and practical techniques of forensic investigation. You’ll study the power of search and arrest, crime scene documentation, the identification, recovery and analysis of evidence and the interpretation of forensic results.

During Year 2, you’ll analyse and interpret a range of criminalistic and biological evidence types, including fingerprints, questioned documents, skeletal remains and body fluids.

You will also enhance your investigative skills, gaining experience in crime scene management, developing forensic strategies and interviewing witnesses and victims.

BSc (Hons) students can opt to study the sandwich version of this course, enabling you to complete a one-year placement with a Police Force, forensic provider or other relevant organisation.

In Year 3 for our BSc (Hons) students, you’ll follow the complete process from investigating major crime, to recovering and analysing evidence to present in court.

During the fourth year our MSci students will hone in on professional skills by completing a placement or research assistantship.

In Year 1, you will be introduced to the principles and practical techniques of forensic investigation. You’ll study the power of search and arrest, crime scene documentation, the identification, recovery and analysis of evidence and the interpretation of forensic results.

During Year 2, you’ll analyse and interpret a range of criminalistic and biological evidence types, including fingerprints, questioned documents, skeletal remains and body fluids.

You will also enhance your investigative skills, gaining experience in crime scene management, developing forensic strategies and interviewing witnesses and victims.

BSc (Hons) students can opt to study the sandwich version of this course, enabling you to complete a one-year placement with a Police Force, forensic provider or other relevant organisation.

In Year 3 for our BSc (Hons) students, you’ll follow the complete process from investigating major crime, to recovering and analysing evidence to present in court.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Professional body accreditation

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Professional body accreditation

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Crime Scene Documentation 15 credits
Introduction To Forensic Science 30 credits
Introduction To Policing 30 credits
Science For Justice 15 credits
Techniques Of Scientific Investigation 15 credits
Show 2 optional modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Bodies Of Evidence 30 credits
Forensic Investigative Skills 30 credits
Methods Of Crime Detection 30 credits
Research And Professional Skills 15 credits
Show 3 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points 

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points

  • A levels: ABC
  • BTEC: DDM

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points 

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation degree have progressed onto careers as crime scene officers, police officers, prison officers, intelligence research officers, laboratory analysts, fraud investigators, digital forensic examiners, teachers, forensic technicians and fingerprint analysts.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Your tutors are experienced practitioners who will bring real-life experiences to your learning using the most up-to-date skills and technologies.

David Flatman-Fairs
David Flatman-FairsSenior Lecturer and Course Leader

David has been a lecturer at Staffordshire University since 2002, after completing his degree here in Applied and Analytical Chemistry.

His expertise are in Chemical Analysis, Criminalistic Methods and Crime Scene Processing; his research interests include blood spatter simulations, crime scene investigation and fingerprint development/enhancement and digitisation. 

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Dean Northfield
Dean NorthfieldLecturer - Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

I am a practitioner who has worked for West Yorkshire Police as a VIPER Officer (2 Years) then an Imaging Officer (6 years) eventually progressing to Senior Imaging Officer. Finishing my time within the West Yorkshire Police’s Forensic Multimedia Unit.

I began working part time for the university in 2011 then eventually leaving the Police and joining the University as a lecturer and HEIF project lead in 2012.

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For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / EU / Channel Islands International (Non-EU)
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSci Full-time
Study option UK / EU / Channel Islands International (Non-EU)
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / EU / Channel Islands International (Non-EU)
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

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Danielle Chew
Forensic Investigation

The best part of my experience at Staffs Uni has been the opportunities that I have gained through their drive to increase your employability with networking confidence building workshops. This means I have been able to have experiences such as spending a month in America on a placement with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation within the post mortem laboratory and death investigation unit, as well as attending 2 global DNA and Forensic Pathology conferences.

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Emma Baldacci
Forensic Investigation

I looked at the course modules online, I was impressed by all the content that would be covered throughout the years and by all the facilities that we would use as part of the course. The thing that made me decide to come to Staffs Uni was the atmosphere on campus that I experienced during an open day, and how competent but also very friendly and helpful the staff members are.    

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Sian Hill
Forensic Investigation

I knew that the course which Staffordshire University was offering would open many doors, as I was impressed with the extensive list of contacts. Furthermore, the university has a TEF Gold, which gave me confidence that the quality of teaching would be beneficial for my future.

I can confidently say that coming to University has been the best life choice I have ever made. I have met so many amazing people and the course is pushing me to reach my potential and allowing me to form goals for the future.

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Kayleigh Evans
Forensic Investigation

The course has been a highlight of my experience, with some interesting topics and guest lectures coming, we have been given so many skills and opportunities to help us in our future careers and the support we receive has been exceptional.

Since being at University I have decided a policing career is most appealing to me and studying my degree has helped me achieve an interview with London Metropolitan Police.

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Lucy Kitchen
Forensic Investigation

This course has helped my future employability as we are continuously taught how to strategically deal with evidence and how to correctly package and label them. This is so important within forensics. You get lots of hands-on experience with mock crime scenes and develop so many new skills to help you in the future.

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Sarah Hartley
MSci Forensic Investigation

With my future career goal in mind, the links that the University has with Staffordshire Police really appealed to me, and ended up being another reason that I chose the university. No other university I had applied to had the strong links that Staffordshire University had already established.

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Nadine Jones
Forensic Investigation Graduate

Studying Forensic Investigation at Staffs gave me back my confidence and opened so many doors.

The combined knowledge of the staff as well as the opportunities for hands on learning in the labs and the crime scene house gave me the foundations to begin my dream career.

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Kirsty Chevannes
Forensic Investigation Graduate

Within my time at Staffordshire University I have had many opportunities which have aided me education and helped me grow as a person. The confidence the lectures give you as a student is amazing, they are incredibly encouraging and approachable.

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Kayleigh Sheppard
Forensic Investigation Graduate

The specialist crime scene house facility made the whole experience more realistic and allowed me to put my forensic science knowledge into practice in a simulated crime scene.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
21 September 2020

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