This module can only be taken as part of the Forensic MSc Programme.

To undertake an independent and original investigation, normally experimentally or practically-based, relating to a specific area of the syllabus.

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At a glance

  • Dates
    • 30 Mar - 03 Apr 2026
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

• Write a research project plan, with aims, objectives, risk assessment and time line (Gantt chart),
• Identify novel areas of research and devise optimal experimental solutions to forensic related problems,
• Investigate new and original forensic techniques investigation through the use of an experimental programme and illustrate how they may impact on criminal/civil investigation,
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concept, principles and theories relating to a specific area of forensic science or forensic engineering,
• Combine information from different sources (journals, internet, interview, court proceedings etc.), whilst being aware of the possibility of bias.
• Identify and explain key issues and critically assess their value,
• Evaluate the requirements of a specific test and design and construct appropriate experimental apparatus,
• Critically evaluate the results of experimental work; especially in the light of other published work in that area should it be available,
• Summarise their work in a 20,000 word thesis in a clear and concise fashion using appropriate presentation of data,
• Describe the background of the project, justify the experimental procedures and present results at an oral examination.



Core content

• Project planning
• Safety assessment
• Statistics
• Experimental design
• Library search techniques
• Web search techniques
• Technical writing

Who should attend

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