BSc (Hons) Forensic Criminology 616G

    Course Overview

    Duration: Three years full-time or six years part-time
  • This forensic criminology degree readies students to apply science (biology and chemistry and physics) to crime scene investigation. You will understand how forensic science is employed within the criminal justice system and learn how to control, preserve, record, and recover evidence from a crime scene or other incident. You will learn how to ask the questions relevant to investigating a crime, how to examine CCTV footage and photographs and how to produce and present evidence in court.

    We merge the study of crime from a social perspective with the science of gathering and testing physical evidence from crime scenes into this BSc (Hons) Forensic Criminology, bringing you a blended criminology and forensic science degree.

    Our criminology and forensic science degree blends theory with practice through research and work placements within criminology focused organisations, which frame your knowledge with real life case study examples from within the criminal justice system. You will have the opportunity to work on real cases. You will also examine crime in the context in which it happens at the local, national and international arena and you will attend two site criminological visits per year. On campus you'll have access to realistic, simulated environments such as a bio chemistry lab, crime scene house, mock prison and police cells. This is a new course starting in 2017 and is currently subject to validation.

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* denotes an optional module:

1st Year
  • Crime & criminology
  • Understanding research - theory & method
  • Criminal justice careers
  • Forensic science
  • Legality of investigation science
  • Methods in crime scene investigations
2nd Year
  • Crime science photography
  • Thinking like a criminologist
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Policing & managing crime
  • Media & crime*
  • Crime & the environment*
  • Crime scene management*
3rd Year
  • Forensic psychology
  • Forensic geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Forensic management & recovery project - dissertation
  • Social psychology of taphonomy*
  • Interview and investigate
  • The ethical professional
  • Crime scene management (health and wellbeing)*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Career options include police forces, government departments, armed forces, defence services, public health laboratories, university research departments, coroner or mortician and working for companies that deal with specialised areas, such as fire investigation or insurance fraud.

Course Leader

The team is headed by acclaimed Criminologist Dr Lystra Hagley-Dickinson, Associate Professor of Law and Criminology. Lystra has worked in Education, Government, the European Union and the community and voluntary sectors. She is joined on the teaching team by Dr Hazel Bending, a psychologist with over 12 years working with offenders and prisoners, Jo Trelfa who has worked in both the social and probation services, Christine Smith a youth work specialist and biochemist Linda Wilday.