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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.


Work experience and careers

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 students

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.

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.

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.

Tina Varley
BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation

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.

Louise Walker
Forensic Science Scenes of Crime Officer

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.

Our staff

Dr Kevin Reiling
Dr Kevin ReilingAssociate 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
Dean NorthfieldSenior Lecturer

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 Multimedi…

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Ian Ackerley
Ian AckerleyLecturer

I am a former police officer and served for over 34 years as an officer both in Staffordshire Police and Nottinghamshire Police. I reached the rank of Assistant Chief Constable and served at this level with both forces as well as the Home Office…

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Dr Lauren Metcalfe
Dr Lauren MetcalfeLecturer

I completed my undergraduate degree in Police and Criminal Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire. I continued studying and completed a masters in Criminal Investigation, then a Ph.D in Evidence Based Policing.Following my studies…

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Dr Duncan Parker
Dr Duncan ParkerLecturer

In July 2018, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemistry at Staffordshire University where I have taken on further roles including membership of the University's Women's Academic Network and Inclusion Group. I am a member of the Royal Society of…

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David Flatman-Fairs
David Flatman-FairsSenior Lecturer

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 intere…

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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.

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Tina Varley Forensic Investigation, 2014

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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