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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Benefit from a team of research-active academics and experts who work at the forefront of the field and who use interactive and practical teaching approaches to bring theory and practice to life

  • Gain a specialist degree in a rapidly growing field with a current skills shortage in the marketplace

  • Learn how to successfully present your evidence in written format and orally within a mock trial

  • Access a wide range of specialist software and tools including a range of laboratories, a dedicated crime scene house and a taphonomic facility with a licence to carry out decomposition studies

Are you a keen scientist with an eye for detail? The latest addition to the University of Winchester’s Forensics’ portfolio is a fascinating degree in the fast-evolving environment of Forensic Science. It joins existing programmes in Forensic Investigation, and Cyber Crime and Forensic Investigation.

Like the other programmes, the Forensic Science degree will offer modules that give you a firm grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of crime scene investigation, evidence analysis and expert witness skills. But in addition, you will be offered specific modules in chemistry, molecular biology and toxicology. The multidisciplinary nature of the subject is further explored through aspects of physics, mathematics and statistics, and you will be exposed to a number of specialist topics, such as anthropology, archaeology, entomology and linguistics.

During your three years studying Forensic Science, you will have the opportunity to attend mock crime scenes, to recover and analyse forensic evidence, and to present your results in a variety of ways, such as expert witness reports and oral and poster presentations. You will encounter a large variety of evidence types and learn from real forensic practitioners how to examine and interpret the evidence.

The programme will include a significant amount of laboratory work in order to ensure you gain competence in the selection and use of a range of methods used in the location, identification, recovery, examination, comparison, extraction and scientific analysis of commonly encountered physical, chemical and biological materials.

Teaching takes place through a variety of methods, including small group seminars, field work and laboratory practicals. You will gain valuable practical skills and develop your independent thinking by working under crime scene conditions and undertaking evidence collection using the universities facilities such as new laboratory, taphonomic facility and a dedicated crime scene house.

In Year 1, you study key issues in forensic investigation and begin to develop your own research and analytical skills. Core modules include History of Forensic Science, Introduction to Forensic Evidence, Non-Biological Evidence, Biological Evidence, Contemporary Issues, Introduction to Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Academic and Employment Skills.

In Year 2, you explore modules on Forensic Medicine, Research Methods, Practical Skills, Forensic DNA Evidence, Forensic Ecology, Geoforensics and Forensic Toxicology.

In your final year, you will study modules in Crime Scene Investigation and Court Room Skills, and carry out an extended research project of your own design. This enables you to specialise in your chosen field of research, under the guidance of your supervisor.

Some optional modules are available in Years 2 and 3, depending on your own interests. These may include Case Investigation and Review, Fakes and Forgeries, Volunteering, Document Analysis, Forensic Linguistics and Advanced Forensic Examination.

Key transferable skills are gained throughout the course, which are important for employability and those entering further education. These include the ability to communicate findings through oral and poster presentations, to write detailed and clear laboratory logs and expert witness reports, and to present evidence orally under cross-examination.

This is a versatile degree that gives you an excellent basis for a future career in the field. As a strategic thinking graduate equipped with valuable transferable skills you will be prepared for employment in a wide variety of fields, such as governmental agencies, forensic investigation, policing, quality assurance in food and pharmaceutical manufacturing, laboratory analysis and chemical and biological research.

This programme is currently seeking recognition from The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Careers

Graduates find work in a variety of Criminal Justice agencies and related employment fields. These include the police service, the prison service, youth and probation work and Government research units, such as the Home Office.

 

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelors Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from

UK, EU, World

Study abroad

Our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA).

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught through a combination of practical sessions in labs and other settings, lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lab practicals, lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 348 hours
  • Independent learning: 840 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Students on the Forensic Investigation programme undertake many different learning and teaching activities including lectures, practical classes, seminar discussions, group discussions and debates, guided study exercises, independent learning, problem solving exercises, guest speakers, individual tutorials, and project supervision. Teaching activities are designed to help students relate theory to practice and draw relevant connections with the contemporary context of forensic science.

Throughout the programme teaching encourages critical thinking and analysis in approaches to thinking about forensics. Specific provision is made for students to develop academic skills, and staff are available to answer student queries on all aspects of their studies. As students progress through the programme they are encouraged to become increasingly autonomous as learners, thereby equipping them to act independently both in their studies and beyond university. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

• 72% coursework
• 19% written exams
• 9% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

• 74% coursework
• 16% written exams
• 10% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

• 66% coursework
• 6% written exams
• 28% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2021 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required. An A Level A*-C pass in Biology or Chemistry is required. 

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Higher level Chemistry or Biology and grade 4 or above in another Higher level IB certificate.

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Forensic Evidence 15

This module will introduce students to forensic science as it applies to courts of law in the UK. In addition to highlighting what constitutes ‘forensic science’ and the scope of the discipline Forensic science in both criminal and civil courts will be considered, as will the growing role of informative forensic science in private and corporate investigations.  The students will, in particular, be made aware of the legal and ethical obligations and responsibilities of forensic scientists, and will be able to evaluate the consequences of breaches of these obligations and responsibilities. As part of this students will be introduced to the concept of Court of Appeal Judgments and should be able to navigate the British and Irish legal information website www.bailii.org. This module will provide the grounding for the rest of the forensic studies modules in this award.

History of Forensic Science 15

This module gives students the opportunity to investigate the history of forensic science, beginning with the origins of science itself, scientific method as a way of investigating the World around us, and the benefits and challenges provided by an evidence-based approach to problem solving.  The module will investigate the current state of forensic science provision and will enable students to critically evaluate the effects of the progressive privatisation of forensic science provision in England and Wales, and to compare this with forensic science provision in other jurisdictions, including Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Contemporary Issues 15

The forensic science sector is constantly innovating new ways to capture new evidence types as technology advances and endeavours to meet the evolving needs of criminal justice system. This module explores a range of contemporary issues facing the forensic science sector nationally and internationally. Students are introduced to the role of the forensic science regulator and the requirement for a forensic watchdog. The module also explores the legal, ethical, academic, and political challenges the system faces as it seeks to meet public expectations.

Academic and Employment Skills 15

This module will introduce students to important academic conventions, provide coverage of basic scientific concepts that will underpin work they do throughout the programme and to encourage students to think about how they can get the most from their time at university and beyond. Students will prepare a portfolio of exercises including critical thinking, personal development and CV writing. The portfolio is designed to help students identify and meet their learning needs relating to a range of key learning skills necessary for successful study at higher education level.  During this module students will learn academic conventions associated with referencing, the importance of critical analysis of information, how to access and present Forensic Studies information and work in groups. An important part of the module are sessions dedicated to understanding scientific terms and concepts that students will need to engage with other modules. These activities and the portfolio students will develop students as independent learners and instil confidence in them going forward with the rest of their study.

Non-Biological Evidence 15

Non-biological evidence covers a wide range of evidence types, such as ballistics, tyre and footwear marks, toolmarks and physical fit, and damage to textiles, each of which requires different methods of recovery and analysis.  In addition, non-biological evidence also includes a number of trace evidence types, such as fibres, glass, paint and gunshot residue, which require very different methods of recovery, packaging and analysis.  This module covers both the theory of the evidential value of these diverse evidence types, as well as a number of workshops in which the practical aspects will be covered.   As with all of the forensic technology modules, cases studies will be used throughout the module to illustrate important issues.

Biological Evidence 15

Forensic biology is much more than DNA analysis.  DNA profile evidence will be covered in its own module.  In this module students will investigate other technologies that forensic biologists have at their disposal to assist in the investigation of cases.  Because of its importance in serious assault cases there will be a strong focus on bloodstain pattern analysis but other human tissues and body fluids will also be covered in detail, including: hair, skin cells, semen, saliva, urine and faeces.  In addition, biometrics, fingerprints, palmprints and earprints will be included. The value of various evidence types will be illustrated by reference to important cases. The focus of the module will be on the difficulties inherent in collecting biological evidence e.g. the challenges presented by the possibility such evidence can be contaminated or degraded.

Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 15

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the basic skills and concepts involved in competent, safe and reliable laboratory skills while developing their knowledge of analytical chemistry. The practical skills gained here will be of use in other modules and also provide important transferable skills to enhance student’s employability prospects. The module covers analytical methods such as titration, gravimetry and chromatography, exploring both theory and practice with examples of forensic and industrial uses to give students relevant background regarding their importance. There will also be theory about chemical formulae and equations, concentration calculations and presenting data to ensure students have a thorough understanding of basic concepts necessary in analytical chemistry.

Biochemistry 15

This module will cover the basic principles of biochemistry in order to provide a solid grounding in the concepts of the molecular basis of life.  Students will cover the important molecules involved in biological processes such as proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates and DNA. They will gain an understanding of the bonding, and basic reactions the molecules undergo, including the importance of structure in their functions. This will be related to cell biology and the roles of the components in cells. The module also addresses key genetic concepts, discussing DNA, genes and the role they play in heredity and evolution. The importance of ethical considerations when dealing with biological sciences is conveyed, highlighting issues regarding genetic research and historical misconceptions.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Forensic DNA Evidence 15

Forensic DNA profile evidence is one of the most important recent developments in forensic science.  Students studying this module will learn about the development of forensic DNA technology, from its origins in the 1980s to current applications.  The genetic basis of forensic DNA profiles will be explored, as will the variety of techniques that are available to an investigator.  As well as considering the benefits of DNA profile evidence, the students will explore the limitations of such evidence. Although the students will not undertake their own DNA profile analyses, DNA profiles will be provided for examination. The use of DNA profile evidence will be illustrated by reference to important cases. Although some of the content of the module is technical in nature the module will be taught assuming no prior knowledge of biology or chemistry.

Forensic Medicine 15

This module will deal with issues relating to the investigation of fatal and non-fatal injuries.  The role of the forensic pathologist, odontologist and toxicologist will be considered.  Students will learn about the history and development of medically based forensic science.  The duties of the forensic medical examiner will be explained.  Students should be aware that some images used in this module may be of a medically explicit nature.

Practical Skills 15

This module provides opportunities for students to develop a practical skillset and it enables students to evidence their competency in several key applications in the laboratory and at the crime scene. The module places particular emphasis on enhancing transferable skills expected within graduate employment. The skills gained on this module provide an important foundation for students to apply and develop these skills further within Level 5 and at Level 6. Students will learn how to apply scientific methods to tackle problems in science, including how to construct a suitable hypothesis and how to design experiments to test this hypothesis. This module equips learner with basic scientific skills, skills specific to forensic contexts, and graduate skills as identified by prospective employers.

Geoforensics 15

This module provides a detailed insight to the objectives, approaches and methods employed in missing persons investigations and the search for non-human targets (e.g. concealed evidence). Students will be introduced to the context of missing persons in the UK and the scope of the problem. The module will cover the search for children, despondents, the elderly, asylum seekers, undocumented persons, repeat missing persons, and out of character missing events. The landscape is principally shaped through human interaction and so learners can expect to become familiar with how people interact with a range of environments. The module describes multi-agency approaches to search and search management and various techniques including aerial photography, unmanned aerial vehicles, and thermal imaging. Learners will have the opportunity to examine geographical data and become acquainted with the principles underlying geomorphological interpretation, geophysical survey, spatial analysis using geographic information systems and search databases.  Students will have the opportunity to apply geographical profiling techniques and search strategies in response to a scenario based upon a real-world situation using a range of data types.

Forensic Toxicology 15

This module will cover a range of issues and techniques encountered by the modern forensic toxicologist. Building on the learning in the Introduction to Analytical Chemistry module, students will be introduced to the use of HPLC and AAS in a toxicological context. The biological effects of common drugs of abuse will be discussed along with current legislation regarding the misuse of drugs, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, including the role of the scientist in assessing whether drivers were over limits. A range of casework scenarios involving toxicological analysis will be critically assessed, such as overdoses, suicides, poisonings and drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), and students will gain an understanding of the methodologies used in the detection of common drugs from a variety of toxicological samples. The module contains a practical component, enhancing employability skills through an insight into industry practices and covers the impact alcohol and drugs can have on the criminal justice system and society in general.

Research Methods for Forensic Science 15

This module will outline and examine the range of research processes associated with forensic science: from the planning stage and literature review, through to data analysis and presentation of findings. The module will also critically examine the main approaches to, limitations of, and challenges inherent in forensic science research. The importance of validation and internal audits will be introduced.  There will also be an evaluation of the analytical techniques currently used which result in reliable and valid data which is critical to an evidence-based criminal justice system.   The formation of relevant research questions and testable hypotheses will be explored.  The module will develop the knowledge of the research process and the relevant research skills and understanding that will be utilised within the Independent Research Project module.

Year 2 Optional Modules
  • Case Investigation and Review - 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for Forensic Studies - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Imaging - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Ecology - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Forensic DNA Evidence 15

Forensic DNA profile evidence is one of the most important recent developments in forensic science.  Students studying this module will learn about the development of forensic DNA technology, from its origins in the 1980s to current applications.  The genetic basis of forensic DNA profiles will be explored, as will the variety of techniques that are available to an investigator.  As well as considering the benefits of DNA profile evidence, the students will explore the limitations of such evidence. Although the students will not undertake their own DNA profile analyses, DNA profiles will be provided for examination. The use of DNA profile evidence will be illustrated by reference to important cases. Although some of the content of the module is technical in nature the module will be taught assuming no prior knowledge of biology or chemistry.

Forensic Medicine 15

This module will deal with issues relating to the investigation of fatal and non-fatal injuries.  The role of the forensic pathologist, odontologist and toxicologist will be considered.  Students will learn about the history and development of medically based forensic science.  The duties of the forensic medical examiner will be explained.  Students should be aware that some images used in this module may be of a medically explicit nature.

Practical Skills 15

This module provides opportunities for students to develop a practical skillset and it enables students to evidence their competency in several key applications in the laboratory and at the crime scene. The module places particular emphasis on enhancing transferable skills expected within graduate employment. The skills gained on this module provide an important foundation for students to apply and develop these skills further within Level 5 and at Level 6. Students will learn how to apply scientific methods to tackle problems in science, including how to construct a suitable hypothesis and how to design experiments to test this hypothesis. This module equips learner with basic scientific skills, skills specific to forensic contexts, and graduate skills as identified by prospective employers.

Geoforensics 15

This module provides a detailed insight to the objectives, approaches and methods employed in missing persons investigations and the search for non-human targets (e.g. concealed evidence). Students will be introduced to the context of missing persons in the UK and the scope of the problem. The module will cover the search for children, despondents, the elderly, asylum seekers, undocumented persons, repeat missing persons, and out of character missing events. The landscape is principally shaped through human interaction and so learners can expect to become familiar with how people interact with a range of environments. The module describes multi-agency approaches to search and search management and various techniques including aerial photography, unmanned aerial vehicles, and thermal imaging. Learners will have the opportunity to examine geographical data and become acquainted with the principles underlying geomorphological interpretation, geophysical survey, spatial analysis using geographic information systems and search databases.  Students will have the opportunity to apply geographical profiling techniques and search strategies in response to a scenario based upon a real-world situation using a range of data types.

Forensic Toxicology 15

This module will cover a range of issues and techniques encountered by the modern forensic toxicologist. Building on the learning in the Introduction to Analytical Chemistry module, students will be introduced to the use of HPLC and AAS in a toxicological context. The biological effects of common drugs of abuse will be discussed along with current legislation regarding the misuse of drugs, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, including the role of the scientist in assessing whether drivers were over limits. A range of casework scenarios involving toxicological analysis will be critically assessed, such as overdoses, suicides, poisonings and drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), and students will gain an understanding of the methodologies used in the detection of common drugs from a variety of toxicological samples. The module contains a practical component, enhancing employability skills through an insight into industry practices and covers the impact alcohol and drugs can have on the criminal justice system and society in general.

Research Methods for Forensic Science 15

This module will outline and examine the range of research processes associated with forensic science: from the planning stage and literature review, through to data analysis and presentation of findings. The module will also critically examine the main approaches to, limitations of, and challenges inherent in forensic science research. The importance of validation and internal audits will be introduced.  There will also be an evaluation of the analytical techniques currently used which result in reliable and valid data which is critical to an evidence-based criminal justice system.   The formation of relevant research questions and testable hypotheses will be explored.  The module will develop the knowledge of the research process and the relevant research skills and understanding that will be utilised within the Independent Research Project module.

Year 2 Optional Modules
  • Case Investigation and Review - 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for Forensic Studies - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Imaging - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Ecology - 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

Following two years of study the Dissertation is an extended independent study module that provides an opportunity for students to develop further study into an area or topic of their own choice and interest, including undertaking a piece of independent research. The student will:
• Identify a topic of interest.
• Provide a rationale for research their chosen topic.
• Devise and submit a research proposal.
• Conduct the research.
• Write up and present the project and main findings.
As part of the presentation of findings the student will prepare and present a poster outlining the research process, main findings and conclusions before addressing questions from peers and tutors. The Dissertation is a double module which spans Semesters 1 and 2 and provides the student with an opportunity to develop their interests in a specific aspect of Forensics as well as developing their research and communication skills.

Crime Scene Investigation 15

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the observation, recording and preservation of both volume and major crime scenes and evidence. Students will be introduced to the role of all personnel at crime scenes and how to process both simple and complex crime scenes. Students will be taught the methods to avoid contamination of evidence and how to maintain a chain of custody. Part of this module considers how forensic investigators disseminate information in police briefings. Students will learn how forensic investigators deal with suspected linked crime scenes and how intelligence can inform forensic strategy. Students will develop forensic strategies in response to dynamic scenarios of both volume and major crimes.

Forensic Archaeology 15

This module provides a detailed introduction to the objectives, approaches and methods of archaeological techniques and how these have informed the collection of forensic evidence. Archaeologists can play a key role at the major crime scene. It is for these reasons that archaeologists are employed as Crime Scene Investigators in major UK police forces as well as those in North America. The aim of this module is to develop scientific approaches that are of value to forensic archaeology and provide students with the necessary skills relevant to burial-recovery techniques. Students will be introduced to techniques for locating buried evidence within a defined site – both indoor and outdoor settings. Student will put into practice the identification of surface anomalies. Students will be introduced to excavation methods suitable for the recovery of degraded evidence in a range of contexts. Students will become familiar with recording techniques suited for buried remains and scattered evidence. Student learning will be re-enforced through their participation in a mock outdoor crime scene practical. Students will gain a critical understanding in how the skills of the forensic archaeologist are deployed in a range of suspected crime scenes including domestic murder and the investigation of suspected genocide. Students will strengthen their report writing skills through the production of an expert witness report.

Presenting Forensic Evidence 15

This module will enable students to appreciate the various means by which scientific evidence can be presented. The module will cover written reports, the use of modern multi-media technology in evidence presentation, and issues regarding the presentation of evidence in the witness box. Students will consider whether popular media may affect the public perception of expert evidence and will be given training in presentation skills.

Advanced Forensic Chemical Analysis 15

This module will outline and examine the range of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques used in industry with a specific focus on forensic science applications. The analytical processes will be covered in both theory and practical sessions, from sample recovery and preparation, through accurate recording of data to understanding errors. Students will gain an understanding of the principles behind separation science including techniques such as TLC, GC and LC, and its importance in the forensic examination of dyes, drugs, accelerants and noxious substances. The module will also give an understanding of the principles of spectroscopy, focussing on the use of techniques such as FTIR, AAS, UV-Vis and MS in forensic science. One of the main aims of this modules is to provide students with a firm basis in scientific instrumentation with a wide range of industrial applications, thus providing transferrable skills for those who do not pursue a forensic science career and enhancing employability prospects within the scientific sector.

Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Document Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Linguistics - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Forensic Examination - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation 30

Following two years of study the Dissertation is an extended independent study module that provides an opportunity for students to develop further study into an area or topic of their own choice and interest, including undertaking a piece of independent research. The student will:
• Identify a topic of interest.
• Provide a rationale for research their chosen topic.
• Devise and submit a research proposal.
• Conduct the research.
• Write up and present the project and main findings.
As part of the presentation of findings the student will prepare and present a poster outlining the research process, main findings and conclusions before addressing questions from peers and tutors. The Dissertation is a double module which spans Semesters 1 and 2 and provides the student with an opportunity to develop their interests in a specific aspect of Forensics as well as developing their research and communication skills.

Crime Scene Investigation 15

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the observation, recording and preservation of both volume and major crime scenes and evidence. Students will be introduced to the role of all personnel at crime scenes and how to process both simple and complex crime scenes. Students will be taught the methods to avoid contamination of evidence and how to maintain a chain of custody. Part of this module considers how forensic investigators disseminate information in police briefings. Students will learn how forensic investigators deal with suspected linked crime scenes and how intelligence can inform forensic strategy. Students will develop forensic strategies in response to dynamic scenarios of both volume and major crimes.

Forensic Archaeology 15

This module provides a detailed introduction to the objectives, approaches and methods of archaeological techniques and how these have informed the collection of forensic evidence. Archaeologists can play a key role at the major crime scene. It is for these reasons that archaeologists are employed as Crime Scene Investigators in major UK police forces as well as those in North America. The aim of this module is to develop scientific approaches that are of value to forensic archaeology and provide students with the necessary skills relevant to burial-recovery techniques. Students will be introduced to techniques for locating buried evidence within a defined site – both indoor and outdoor settings. Student will put into practice the identification of surface anomalies. Students will be introduced to excavation methods suitable for the recovery of degraded evidence in a range of contexts. Students will become familiar with recording techniques suited for buried remains and scattered evidence. Student learning will be re-enforced through their participation in a mock outdoor crime scene practical. Students will gain a critical understanding in how the skills of the forensic archaeologist are deployed in a range of suspected crime scenes including domestic murder and the investigation of suspected genocide. Students will strengthen their report writing skills through the production of an expert witness report.

Presenting Forensic Evidence 15

This module will enable students to appreciate the various means by which scientific evidence can be presented. The module will cover written reports, the use of modern multi-media technology in evidence presentation, and issues regarding the presentation of evidence in the witness box. Students will consider whether popular media may affect the public perception of expert evidence and will be given training in presentation skills.

Advanced Forensic Chemical Analysis 15

This module will outline and examine the range of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques used in industry with a specific focus on forensic science applications. The analytical processes will be covered in both theory and practical sessions, from sample recovery and preparation, through accurate recording of data to understanding errors. Students will gain an understanding of the principles behind separation science including techniques such as TLC, GC and LC, and its importance in the forensic examination of dyes, drugs, accelerants and noxious substances. The module will also give an understanding of the principles of spectroscopy, focussing on the use of techniques such as FTIR, AAS, UV-Vis and MS in forensic science. One of the main aims of this modules is to provide students with a firm basis in scientific instrumentation with a wide range of industrial applications, thus providing transferrable skills for those who do not pursue a forensic science career and enhancing employability prospects within the scientific sector.

Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Document Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Linguistics - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Forensic Examination - 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2022 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 

International

Year 1 £9,250 £14,100
Year 2 £9,250 £14,100
Year 3 £9,250 £14,100
Total £27,750 £42,300
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,385 £1,385
Total with Sandwich Year £29,135 £43,685

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2022, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £117.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,763.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Trips

There will be costs involved for optional trips (no extra costs for compulsory trips). Indicative cost is £20 per academic year. 

Core texts

Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Core texts can be bought second hand, or as ebook which can often reduce the cost. Indicative cost is £100 per academic year. 

Equipment

Costs will vary. Whilst equipment is included for all taught modules additional costs may be incurred by the student during the dissertation in the third year. The cost depends on the research topic designed by the student. Equipment is included for scheduled lab activities. Costs will vary according to student choice.

Longwearing crime scene suit overalls: Students may choose to wear a non-disposable scene suit. The students undertake practical work across all years of study. Indicative cost up to £40.

Mandatory

Printing and binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative cost of £1.50-£3.

Crime scene suit

One crime scene suit is provided per student. Students may need to buy additional crime scene suits. The students undertake practical work across all years of study. Indicative cost between £3 - £8. 

Clothing

For one module in the third year of study, students will be expected to dress smartly for their final oral assessment. Indicative cost £0 - £50 depending on their existing wardrobe.

Travel to placements

A third year module requires students to travel to a work placement of their choice (15 hours). Cost dependent on location, indicative cost £0-£50.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
F430
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester