MSc Forensic Science and Criminal Justice (by Distance Learning)
Programme Objectives and Outline
The programme aims to:
- develop and refine your detailed knowledge and understanding of explanations of forensic science.
KEY FACTS Mode of Delivery: Distance Learning Course duration: 24-27 Months Start Date: 29 September 2014 Application Deadline: 11 September 2014 Entry Requirements: 2.1 UK degree or International equivalent (work experience may be considered) Fees 2014/15: £9,220
- learn how to select the most appropriate techniques for different evidence types and how to interpret the results and apply critical analysis to determine what that means in terms of evidential value.
- provide you with detailed, specialised knowledge and understanding of a wide range of the latest analytical techniques used in forensic science.
- enable you to analyse critically different techniques and apply these in the forensic workplace.
- develop independent thinking and learning, enabling you to apply these to select the most appropriate techniques for a particular case and susequently analysing and intepresting the resulting forensic evidence.
- help to extend and develop your career as a professional in forensic science and criminal justice.
This postgraduate Masters Degree is an excellent way to enhance your expertise and career prospects in a fascinating and rapidly developing area of science. The importance of forensic science in criminal evidence is growing as police and other agencies become increasingly reliant on scientific evidence to solve crime.
Course Structure and Assessment
The MSc programme is studied over two years. The first year comprises four compulsory 15 credit modules that will equip you with the basics of understanding how forensic science is used to solve crime and how to critically analyse its use. The second year comprises elective modules. You will select your modules from a wide list offered by the Universities of Leicester, Florida and Canberra. You have choices across a number of topics but, if you wish, you can focus your choices around specialist themes that may be of particular interest to you or your sponsor. To progress to the MSc degree the dissertation/project must also be successfully completed at the end of year two. Your dissertation topic will be chosen from a number of broad fields and should reflect an area of particular interest to you.
The programme is based on continuous assessment, with each of the modules comprising of written assessments and discussion board contributions. The written assessments in year one normally comprose of an initial 1,000 word assignment followed by a final 3,000 work assignment. Each module lasts around 16 weeks. You will have approximately five months to complete your dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. Upon passing the dissertation, you will be awarded the MSc degree.
|Year One (Oct - June)||Year Two (Oct-June)||Jul-Nov|
Module 1 - Crime Scene Examination
Module 2 - Trace Evidence Analysis
Module 3 - Evidential Value and Interpretation
Module 4 - Research Methods
60 credits of elective modules from a range including:
Introduction to Forensic Archaeology
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Crime scene management
Intelligence gathering and data mining of police data
Weapons of mass destruction
Blood Distribution and Spatter