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BSc (Hons) - Criminology with Forensic Investigation (with integrated foundation year)

You’re fascinated by making sense of crime after it has taken place and want to be part of the investigative processes.

We are here for you with a criminology with forensic investigation course designed by academics with a wealth of research and practice expertise.

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Course Overview

Our foundation year has been designed to provide you with the essential university skills and confidence needed to progress onto our degree level programme.

You will immerse yourself in core aspects of criminology to understand how and why crime occurs and how forensic investigation uncovers hidden details of crimes already committed.

During a mock major incident exercise with serving police and ambulance service professionals, you will develop real-world forensic investigative skills in our crime house.

Through developing robust research skills, you will be empowered to produce knowledge, not just learn it. Our strong links with criminal justice and community-based organisations and groups in Cumbria will provide you with excellent volunteering opportunities and job prospects.

On this course you will...

  • Develop a critical insight into the criminal justice system and the role of forensic investigation in helping bring offenders to justice.
  • Learn the latest evidence enhancement techniques in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • Be challenged to tackle tough questions about crime, justice and society as a criminologist.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The applied nature of the programme means that you will focus on how criminological approaches and forensic investigation are used in the real world, to inform policy and practice and more generally to enhance your understanding of a constantly changing global world. This will include exploring the relationships between power, crime and social change, policing, youth justice, race, ethnicity, gender and the impact of globalisation on understanding crime and deviance. You will also be focussing on how forensic science is applied in the real world, within criminal investigations such as processing crime scenes and analysing exhibits in the laboratory.

Year one
  • Essential University Skills One
  • Essential University Skills Two
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
  • Families, Communities and the Criminal Justice System
  • Professional Practice in the Community
  • Criminology, Policing and Law
Year two
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Becoming a Criminologist
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Crime and Social Justice
Year three
  • Explaining Crime
  • Bringing Offenders to Justice
  • Prison and Punishment
  • Exploring Research
  • Social Exclusion
  • Crimes Scene Investigation
Year four
  • New Challenges in Criminology
  • Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Death Investigation
  • Dissertation

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