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Crime and Investigative Studies [with Foundation Year]

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Forensic science

From criminal investigation to courtroom: get exposure to the real world of crime scenes, policing and investigation. Learn about how crime is detected by the police using a range of investigative techniques, particularly forensic evidence, and how this is presented to a jury within a court of law. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.
Are you interested in crime, forensic science, policing and the law, but unsure which subject to study? You’ll cover them all on our course. We combine the crime scene examination part of forensic science with other crime-related subjects, such as policing, intelligence and the law. This means that, when you graduate, you’ll have a wide range of criminal justice career options to choose from.
Use our superb crime scene laboratories to learn the skills of a crime scene examiner. We’ll help you to understand the practical aspects of crime and investigation, and how they affect everyday life. You’ll look at different types of crime, from burglary through to murder, and find out how these are investigated by the Police. You’ll also learn how to investigate mass disasters, such as plane crashes and tsunamis, and discover how forensic pathology and anthropology is used.
Our course will explore traditional investigative methods used by the Police in addition to newer aspects of policing, such as evidence-based policing. You will also learn how to present professional reports in both a policing environment and within a court of law.
Our lecturers have first-hand experience of crime scene examination, policing and criminal justice. As well as benefitting from their knowledge, you’ll have guest lectures from visiting professionals and get an understanding of the workplace through visits to places such as the Crown Court, and other field trips.

Modules

• Year one, core modules
Chemical Principles
Biomolecules
Biology of Cells
Mathematics for Science
Physical Principles
Physiology
Introduction to Forensic and Investigative Sciences
Case Studies in Forensic and Investigative Sciences

• Year two, core modules
Introduction to Forensic Methodologies
Perceptions of Crime
United Kingdom Legal Systems and Law for Forensic Scientists
Physical Criminalistics
Introduction to Police and Forensic Photography
Identification Techniques

• Year three, core modules
Mass Disasters
Police and Forensic Investigations
Project Preparation
Scene and Laboratory Investigation
Evidence Based Policing
Digital Forensics

• Year four, core modules
Crime Scene Analysis
Major Investigations
Forensic Anthropology
Specialised Topics in Investigative Science
Forensic Pathology
Undergraduate Major Project

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, these will include your reports, essays, work portfolios, practical exercises, and participation in role-plays and group work.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Life Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
low
Forensic science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,252
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Protective service occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

General, applied and forensic sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£19k

£19k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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