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Course summary

"Our Forensic Investigation degree gives you the skills required for a career with the police, forensic providers, or investigative and intelligence agencies. Our Forensic Investigation degree is ideal for those who have a strong interest in criminalistics, forensics, crime scene science and evidence analysis. We will equip you for a career working with the police, a forensic provider or any other investigative or intelligence agency, such as the Home Office, HM Customs and Excise. Our industry standard facilities include a crime scene house, specialist laboratories and equipment for enhancing and analysing biological, chemical, physical and digital evidence. You will also benefit from expert practitioner input into your degree through our Staffordshire Police Forensic Partnership. The Foundation Year route is designed for students who may not have the necessary academic profile for entry onto the 3-year course. We recognise that some of our applicants may have also been out of formal education for a while or feel they may need to enhance their skills and capabilities first. You will study a range of modules that are designed to increase academic confidence and prepare you for the remainder of your Forensic Investigation degree. On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation"


Foundation Year Crime in Context, Introduction to critical Thinking and Argument, Theories of criminality, Sociology of Crime, Introduction to Principles of Law Year 1 Policing Theory, Digital Evidence Processing, Crime Scene Processing, Case Studies in Criminal Justice, Introduction to Forensic Scientific Techniques, option module. Options include: Forensics in the Media, Fraud and Forgeries, Detection and Analysis of Drugs, Missing Persons Investigation Year 2 Designing Research Projects, Investigative Skills, Bodies of Evidence, Marks and Traces, Advanced Digital Evidence Processing, option module. Options include: Firearms Investigation, Forensic Archaeology, Vehicle Collision Investigation, Forensic Anthropology in the 21st Century Year 3 Forensic Research Project, Collection and Analysis of Scene Evidence, Expert Witness and The Legal System, Modern Forensics, option module. Options include: Mass Death Scenarios, Forensic Advice Clinic, Forensic Field School, Intelligence-led Policing and Major Crime.

Assessment method

Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

How to apply

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Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Forensic Investigation (with a Foundation Year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS