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BSc (Hons) - Criminology with Forensic Investigation

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

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
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Becoming a Criminologist
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Crime Stories
Year two
  • Explaining Crime
  • Bringing Offenders to Justice
  • Prison and Punishment
  • Exploring Research
  • Social Exclusion
  • Science and Justice
Year three
  • New Challenges in Criminology
  • Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Death Investigation
  • Dissertation

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