This course is designed to give an overview of specific areas of the application of physical sciences to forensic problems, allowing students to select from a wide range of subject areas.
The course is highly practical and hands-on, aiming to produce forensic experts capable of giving expert witness testimonies in a courtroom situation and elsewhere.
The course consists of a two-week period of introductory studies followed by academic instruction in modular form. Most modules are of five days' duration, interspersed with weeks devoted to private study and visits to forensic science establishments.
The Forensic Investigation MSc is part of the Forensic MSc Programme which has been formally accredited by the Forensic Science Society.
The course offers students a wide range of different experiences with unique facilities available to no other university in the UK. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds, usually with a science or forensic science first degree. Many students come from abroad, especially Europe, Africa and North America. The Forensic programme takes around 50 students a year and places are competitive.
Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years
English Language Requirements
Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7
The course consists of a one-week period of introductory studies followed by academic instruction in modular form. Most modules are of five days' duration, interspersed with weeks devoted to private study. Students are required to take four core modules, four role specific modules and choose seven elective modules based on their particular background, future requirements or interests. This is followed by a four-month research project and either a thesis or literature review and paper.
Students are required to take four compulsory modules and then choose seven elective modules based on their particular background, future requirements, or interest. This is followed by a four-month research project and thesis.
- Analytical Techniques
- Courtroom Skills
- Investigation and Evidence Collection
- Reasoning for Forensic Science
- Environmental Forensic Science
- Failure Analysis of Components
- Fakes and Forgeries
- Firearms Investigations
- Fires, Explosions and their Investigation
- Forensic Archaeology: Mass Grave Excavation
- Forensic Archaeology: Recovering Buried Remains
- Forensic Ballistic Investigations
- Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices
- Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology: Osteology
- Further Forensic Anthropology: Identification
- Introduction to Firearms Investigations and Forensic Ballistics
- Mass Fatality Incidents
- Practical Archaeological Excavation
- Radiographic Investigations in Forensic Science
- Trace Evidence
- Forensic Exploitation and Intelligence
- Digital Crime and Investigation
- Hazardous Forensics
The individual project takes four months from April to July. The student selects from a range of titles, or may propose their own topic. Most are practically or experimentally based using Cranfield’s unique facilities.
By written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and viva voce.
Takes you on a career opportunities in forensic engineering and science with, for example, forensic laboratories, government bodies, police departments and independent consultants working for insurance companies.
For further information
On this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/forensic-investigation.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.