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Forensic Investigation

BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

Crime Scene Investigator
Fingerprint Laboratory and Identification Officers
Disaster Victim Identification Practitioner
Evidence Recovery Specialists in Forensic Laboratories
Border Force Officer
Scenes of Crime Officer (CSI)
Intelligence Development Officer (MoD)
Forensic Vehicle Examiner

Who is it for?

Are you interested in crime, forensic science and policing, but unsure which subject to study? If so, 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 and criminal justice.

We will help you to understand both the theoretical and practical aspects of forensic and criminal investigations. We will look at the impact of various crime types on victims and how the police deal with the investigation to bring about justice.

In the classroom, you will explore the investigative techniques used by police services, alongside contemporary issues including evidence based policing and crime prevention. You will also gain experience in dealing with a wide range of crime scenes, from burglaries to murders, including scenes of mass disaster and skeletal remains.

Learning about the criminal justice system in the UK, you will find out how your investigation of different crimes can have a significant impact, and how to report your investigative findings to other professional colleagues.

Our lecturers have first-hand experience of crime scene analysis, policing and criminal justice. As well as benefiting 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. The course has close links with Cambridgeshire Constabulary and we ensure that you learn from industry experts.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

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What is covered?

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Introduction to Forensic Techniques (15 credits)
  • Academic Skills (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Policing (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Fingerprint Techniques (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Body Fluids and DNA Techniques (15 credits)
  • Crime Scene Recording (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Evidence Based Policing and Crime Prevention (15 credits)
  • Crime Scene Investigation (15 credits)
  • Major Crime Investigations (15 credits)
  • Cyber Crime Investigations (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Working in the Criminal Justice Sector (15 credits)
  • Police Investigations (30 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Undergraduate Research Project (30 credits)
  • Advanced Crime Scene Techniques (30 credits)
  • Disaster Victim Identification (15 credits)
  • Emerging Investigative Practice (15 credits)
  • Forensic Anthropology and Pathology (30 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

64 UCAS Points from a computing related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)


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