This module will provide the fundamental aspects of learning and critical debate in the field of forensic science, providing an introduction to the role of forensic science at both the crime scene and laboratory in the context of criminal investigations.

It will include an overview of the forensic science specialisms that are available for the Crime Scene Coordinator/Crime Scene Manager to utilise at serious and major crime scenes. Students will engage in a series of practical laboratory experiments which showcase some of the key forensic science techniques. Limitations of different forensic science specialisms will be addressed in order to inform the forensic strategy at major incidents. Interpretation of forensic science reports and their use in criminal investigations will also be explored. 


At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Compare the methods of forensic science in both the field and laboratory
  • Apply principles of forensic science to the investigation of major crime scenes
  • Evaluate the role and utility of a range of different forensic specialisms that are applicable to major incident investigation  
  • Create a detailed forensic science strategy   
  • Interpret forensic science reports for a chosen specialism 

Core content

  • The role of forensic science in the field and laboratory
  • Forensic science specialisms e.g. ballistics, archaeology, anthropology, ecology, trace analysis, blood-pattern analysis, fire investigation
  • Forensic strategies at major incidents  
  • Interpretation and analysis of results from forensic science reports
  • Case studies
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