Forensic Sciences and Policing

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Take advantage of our unique partnership with Staffordshire Police

Specialist facilities

Mirror real-life experiences in our dedicated Crime Scene House

Workplace learning

Take the opportunity to complete a work placement on every course

Study a range of scientific techniques and criminal investigation to help provide answers to the questions of law. Whether your interest lies in DNA profiling or building a criminal case, we have a course for you.

Do you have what it takes to make a difference in the world of forensic investigation? In our wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, you'll learn the skills and knowledge to do just that.

Specialist facilities will be yours to use and you’ll learn from experienced former senior police officers, academic experts, and forensic caseworkers. Our Crime Scene House, analytical laboratories, and specialist rooms all mirror your future workplace. So, you can study anything from decomposition to ballistics, and you'll be practising as you will in real life.

You'll also have the option to study with a year in industry. You can study abroad in the Netherlands, USA or Canada, and our unique Staffordshire Police partnership gives you the chance to work in forensics. Here, you'll attend crime scenes, process evidence and carry out impactful research.


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Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons)/ MSci

Study options
Foundation year
Placement year
Integrated Masters
Available in Clearing

Forensic Science BSc (Hons)/ MSci

Study options
Foundation year
Placement year
Integrated Masters
Available in Clearing

Policing and Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons)

Study options
Foundation year
Placement year
Available in Clearing

Professional Policing BSc (Hons)

Study options
Foundation year
Available in Clearing


Taught courses

Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody) MSc/ PgCert/ PgDip

Study options
Part-time, blended learning

Applied Research MSc

Study options
Full-time, blended learning
Part-time, blended learning

Digital Forensic Investigation MSc

Study options

Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation MSc

Study options

Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation MA

Study options
Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning

Forensic Science MSc

Study options
Full-time, blended learning
Part-time, blended learning


Work experience and careers

Work experience

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be in a broader field. Alongside your studies, it will give you the best possible mix of knowledge and practical understanding.

On our undergraduate and postgraduate courses you can opt to take a placement year. You’re also be able to collaborate on research projects with organisations in the criminal justice system. These include police forces, forensic nurses, professional bodies, forensic investigation units and laboratories.

Subject-related opportunities to enhance your experience and skillset are also available. For example you could join our FaCS Student Society, learn more about forensic archaeology on a dedicated module, undertake a placement with Staffordshire or Derbyshire Police Forensic Units, or apply for an international exchange experience in the Netherlands.

Work experience opportunities

We have a unique partnership with Staffordshire Police giving you the opportunity to work in real-world forensics by attending crime scenes, processing evidence and/or carrying out impactful research and development.

This partnership is about challenging current knowledge and practice. Through it, you'll have the chance to take a placement and/or work on research projects with the Police. The outcomes of your work could affect a real change within the community in which you work and study.


Our forensic and crime science courses are the ideal preparation for a career in a number of roles.

These include; crime scene investigation, forensic labs, technical management, consultancy, or research and development.

You can do work experience in prisons, forensic organisations, or police forces. This added experience ensures you graduate with an edge over the competition. It could also be your first step to employment with your placement organisation.

Employment opportunities

Our courses are designed to lead to employment in the following sectors:

  • Policing
  • Prison Service
  • Health Service
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Loss Adjustment
  • Research
  • Consultancy
  • Technical Management
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Toxicology
  • Education
  • Science writing

Our students

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.

Kayleigh Sheppard

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.

Kirsty Chevannes

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.

Nadine Jones

Forensic Investigation Graduate

The practical side of the degree is fantastic, giving you the opportunity to attend mock crime scenes. Staffordshire University introduced me to a research project scheme and, combined with my own determination, I was offered a temporary role in that organisation, where I have since been successful in a permanent position.

Tina Varley

BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation

The course has given me the knowledge and skills to collect evidence on a crime scene - skills I now use in my job. Without help from the University I wouldn't be where I am now. It's pretty much my dream job.

Louise Walker

Forensic Science Scenes of Crime Officer

Our staff

Dr Kevin Reiling

Associate Dean - Recruitment

Kevin's research explores the environmental impacts of aerial pollutants and toxic metals. He is also interested in the public understanding of science.

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Dean Northfield

Senior Lecturer

Dean worked for West Yorkshire Police as a VIPER Officer (2 Years) then an Imaging Officer (6 years). He progressed to Senior Imaging Officer, before finishing his time at West Yorkshire Police in the Forensic Multimedia Unit

Dean's profile

Ian Ackerley

Senior Lecturer

Ian is a former police officer. He served for 34 years as an officer in Staffordshire Police and Nottinghamshire Police, reaching the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. He is the Course Leader for Policing and Criminal Investigation.

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Dr Lauren Metcalfe

Course Director

Lauren completed her PhD in Evidence Based Policing and joined Staffordshire University in 2017. She is now Course Leader for Professional Policing (our Pre-join degree) and Course Director for our policing degrees.

Lauren's profile

Dr Duncan Parker

Course Director

Duncan Parker joined the university in 2017 as a lecturer in Chemistry, teaching on the Forensic Science degrees. He is now Course Leader for Forensic Science and Course Director for Forensic Science and Investigation.

Duncan's profile

David Flatman-Fairs

Senior Lecturer

David has been a lecturer at Staffordshire University since 2002, and is now Course Leader for Forensic Investigation. His expertise are in Chemical Analysis, Criminalistic Methods and Crime Scene Processing.

David's profile

Our graduates

Charlotte Orphanau

Forensic Science, 2015

Our outstanding facilities attracted Charlotte as an undergraduate, and she stayed to complete her PhD. She is now a successful Process Development Scientist.

Charlotte's story

Tina Varley

Forensic Investigation, 2014

Forensic examiner Tina Varley went from investigating gas and electric meter tampering for npower to working for Staffordshire Police.

Tina's story

Alex Bekker

Policing and Criminal Investigation, 2013

After graduating, and two years working in child protection, Alex now works in the Metropolitan Police Service, protecting the UK’s most expensive borough.

Alex's story

Kayleigh Sheppard

Forensic Science, 2013

Since graduating Kayleigh has joined forces with Staffordshire Police to investigate the potential of digital imaging technology in solving crimes.

Kayleigh's story

Daniel Ward

Forensic Science, 2012

After working as a lab technician, Daniel changed career to become a teacher and fulfilled his dream of a move to Queensland Australia where he now teaches.

Daniel's story

Dr Andrew Chick FRES FLS FHEA

Forensic Science, 2007

Andy’s expert knowledge of insects and their role in forensic science has led him to being a published author, researcher, lecturer and consulting entomologist.

Dr's story
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