This course is subject to University approval

One of the areas that is seen to need a substantial increase in forensic support, teaching and expertise is within policing. The Investigative Sciences suite of PgCerts and MSc have been specifically designed to create continuous professional development opportunities for mid-career police personnel to further enhance their knowledge, skillset, and training in capabilities such as Crime Scene Leadership, Search Science and Disaster Response Science.

The Investigative Sciences MSc is tailored for police professionals who want to develop an in-depth skillset to lead and research an area within their specialism that harbours transformational output to their policing practice. The modules of this MSc will include looking at the underpinning factual nature of evidence based policing, while elective modules in a number of areas range from forensic taphonomy to marine and water based searches. 


Overview

  • Start dateOctober 2022
  • DurationMSc: 11 months full-time, up to three years part-time; PgDip; up to 11 months full-time, up to two years part-time
  • DeliveryA mix of online and remote lectures in addition to physical face-face seminars and practical sessions utilising the new crime scene facility.
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Who is it for?

This course is intended for mid-career police or forensic professionals with operational experience in the specialist area associated with the PgCert of their choice. It is anticipated that all applicants have a practicing knowledge and operational experience in their area of investigation.

Why this course?

The UK parliament’s recent inquiry into the state of UK forensics by the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Select Committee in 2019, identified a national shortfall in forensic science research, training and development.

The MSc in Investigative Sciences will intersect the communities of academia with operational policing, which again, was an important shortfall identified within the House of Lord’s Enquiry (2019). By taking a problem-oriented perspective, the modules offered under the MSc in Investigative Sciences correspond to three PgCert themes within complex and high-profile police investigations that are currently under-represented in the academic community: Crime Scene Leadership, Search Science and Disaster Response Science.

Course details

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Course delivery

A mix of online and remote lectures in addition to physical face-face seminars and practical sessions utilising the new crime scene facility.

Modules

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.


How to apply

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.