On this part-time, distance learning course you will learn how to evaluate and interpret different forms of forensic evidence and how to consider its relevance to police investigations. You will study the scientific principles and practical application of the many and varied techniques used to forensically examine different evidence types.
You will learn how to select the most appropriate techniques for different evidence types, how to interpret the results and how to apply critical analysis to determine what that means in terms of evidential value.
The skills and knowledge you will gain on this course will enable you to confidently argue the reasoning behind the interpretation and evaluation of forensic evidence and to demonstrate in a court of law that you are credible as an expert witness.
This course is offered in association with the University of Florida and the University of Canberra.
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If you complete all of the modules and a dissertation you will be awarded an MSc. However it is also possible to compete only the modules, without a dissertation, and receive a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), or to complete just the first year modules and receive a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) These are 'exit awards' which means that you cannot apply for them directly; you must apply for the MSc.
Crime Scene Examination Trace Evidence Analysis Evidential Value and Interpretation Research Methods
Option Modules (choose 4-6):
Physical Evidence modules
Fingerprint corrosion of metal Arson investigation Forensic engineering Toxicology of chemical weapons (F) Blood distribution and spatter (F) Environmental forensics (C)
Biological Evidence modules
Biological evidence and serology (F) Forensic toxicology (F) Biological evidence and serology (F)
Human Remains modules
Introduction to forensic archaeology Introduction to forensic anthropology Forensic entomology (F) Forensic genetics (F)
Crime scene management Intelligence gathering and data mining
*Modules marked F or C are taught by the University of Florida or the University of Canberra.
After completing your modules, you will complete a dissertation of approximately 15,000-20,000 words, which may be related to work-based issues you are facing.
(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)