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Anglia Ruskin University

Crime and Investigative Studies (with placement year)

UCAS Code: F413

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

104

from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Forensic science

Got an eye for detail and a fascination for crime scenes? Step away from TV crime dramas and immerse yourself in our labs and crime scene rooms in Cambridge. You’ll learn about criminology, forensic science, policing and the law from lecturers with first-hand experience in the field. Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our degree offers you real-world experience through work placements, internships and field trips, and career possibilities in criminal justice, crime analysis and victim support.

Are you interested in crime, forensic science, policing and the law, but unsure which subject to study? You will 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 will have a wide range of criminal justice career options to choose from.

Use our superb crime scene rooms to learn the skills of a crime scene examiner, as well as leading technology in industry such as 3D camera and technology systems to ensure you are industry ready. We’ll help you to understand the practical aspects of crime and investigation, and how they affect everyday life. You will look at different types of crime, from burglary through to murder, and find out how these are investigated by the Police. You will also learn how to investigate mass disasters, such as plane crashes and tsunamis, and discover how forensic pathology and anthropology is used.

Our three year degree course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) and explores 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 will 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

Introduction to Forensic Methodologies
United Kingdom Legal Systems and Law for Forensic Scientists
Introduction to Police and Forensic Photography
Investigative Skills
Physical Criminalistics
Applied Science for Forensic Investigators

Year two, core modules

Scene and Laboratory Investigation
Mass Fatality Incidents
Introduction to Fire Investigation
Project Preparation
Police and Forensic Investigations
Evidence Based Policing
Digital Forensics

Work placement (optional placement year)

Year three, core modules

Undergraduate Major Project
Crime Scene Analysis
Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Pathology
Major Investigations
Specialised Topics in Investigative Science

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides practical and written exams, you’ll be assessed on your reports, essays, work portfolios and role-play participation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

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

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

School of Life Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

85%
med
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

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

86%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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

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