Multidisciplinary in its approach, this course brings together a range of important disciplines within investigative processes – digital forensics, social media, fraud, photography and sociology in criminal and civil investigations. Our teaching team currently has a wide range of professional experience and includes a qualified solicitor, trained barrister and senior investigating police officers, as well as expertise in surveillance and investigative interviewing, pathology, fraud and financial investigations. They have links with a range of investigative agencies, including local police forces, support organisations and specialist investigators, some of whom have offered placements to students. We focus on providing a practical experience, using real-life case studies and scenarios, as well as traditional academic approaches. We aim to host regular guest lectures led by investigative professionals who provide specialist and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of their particular fields. For example, recent talks have looked at offender profiling, geographic profiling, pathology, digital forensics, computer reconstructions, rape and sexual assault. Key Course Benefits
- Regular expert guest lecturers which have recently included the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Police Crime Commissioners Office, the lead pathologist for this area and a national expert in Behavioural Investigative Advice.
- A team of multidisciplinary experts from various subjects, including criminologists, lawyers, chemists, forensic scientists, investigators and psychologists who bring their research and practical experiences in to their teaching.
- Two former senior investigating officers, one a member of the National Working Group on Disclosure matters, who have investigated numerous homicides, organised and gang related criminality, as well as gun-related serious crimes.
Your main study themes are: Criminal and Civil Law An introduction to the legal system in England and Wales, and some legislation that is important to investigators. Crime Scene Analysis This area of study enables students to learn in detail about crime scene protocols as well as techniques used to analyse evidence. Students study forensic examination, based on physical, chemical and biological techniques used in the examination and analysis of trace evidence. Forensic Science An introduction to the specialist areas of Forensic Science including forensic biology, forensic chemistry and anthropology. Investigative Practice Introduces students to some fundamental concepts, issues and understandings in investigation. The focus is on providing an appreciation of the basic skills and knowledge of an investigator as well as the approaches and actions that should be made in order to facilitate an effective investigation. Specialist Inquiry Students are introduced to some current aspects of investigation and issues within the investigative field. Specific subjects include profiling, investigation of potential terrorist threats, the media and familial DNA. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.
How to apply
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The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.
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|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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