The emphasis of our course is very much on providing a practical, hands-on experience through guest lectures, work placements, industry visits, skills development and the study of real-life case studies.
We incorporate a wide range of teaching methods, for example, you may find yourself flying a drone surveillance exercise or interviewing police officers.
There is a substantial element of laboratory work and unlike other courses, which cover a selection of investigatory techniques, our course touches upon a huge range of forensic science and investigative technique. We’ll examine: blood splatter; fingerprints; DNA; semen analysis; footwear; trace; ballistics; explosive residues; hairs and fibres; interviewing victims, suspects and witnesses; surveillance techniques; how to recover passwords and deleted files in digital forensics; mobile phone forensics; fraud investigation; and how to use social media in investigations.
Recognising the continual advancements in scientific analysis, we will monitor and discuss contemporary issues such as those concerning victims of serious crime, the impact of the media upon major investigations and the investigation of major disasters. We also offer a range of field trips, which have included the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, where students are given a historical perspective of the development of justice and take part in researching archived case papers and documents, and an Army Assessment Day at MOD Stafford, as part of the Careers module, where students take part in a range of activities, including problem solving exercises, some physical activities and simulated rock climbing.
Students are strongly encouraged to gain practical work experience. You have the opportunity to take a sandwich year on a professional placement. Others have opted for a shorter placement. Long and short-term placements have resulted in us helping organise a range of internships in the UK and abroad. Students from our course are also able to get involved in the West Midlands Police Streetwatch scheme, which enables them to work alongside officers in promoting student safety and crime prevention.
Teaching methods include:
lectures, group work, seminars, tutorials, laboratory skills, flipped classroom, PC labs, mock courtrooms, interviewing and simulation exercises.