Crime Scene & Forensic Science

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Crime Scene & Forensic Science

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Health Administration, Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview

    Module description
    This is an exciting opportunity to experience a Crime Scene Investigation from the identification and analysis of items found at the scene through to conducting tests in our world renowned forensic laboratories using our cutting edge instruments.  This module is brought to you by King’s Forensics, with international expert scientists and professionals including police forces who teach on our accredited programme. 

    It is aimed at undergraduate students who are interested in the science behind Crime Scene Investigation. We offer a unique learning experience that includes: a mock crime scene, the chance to experience a criminal court case at the Royal Courts of Justice, special access to forensic laboratories at the Natural History Museum and the Gordon Museum of Pathology.

    You will actively take part in supervised practical sessions where you will carry out DNA profiling and analysis of crime scene items including confiscated street drugs (strictly security enforced).

    This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday. This is an example timetable from 2017, for the Crime Scene & Forensic Science module, so content and timings are subject to change.

    Learning outcomes and objectives

    By the end of the module, you should have: 

    • gained an understanding of the main principles of a forensic investigation from crime scene to lab.
    • gained privileged access to King’s Forensics pioneering research, teaching and facilities
    • learned how to work independently and as part of a team to evaluate a crime scene and to search, collect, and select the information required in a forensic context.
    • understood and used forensic techniques including DNA profiling, fingerprint and body fluid analysis using our world class laboratory equipment.

    Teaching pattern
    Mock crime scene investigation
    Lectures and workshops
    Laboratory practical
    Special access visits to museums and professional institutions
    Private study

    Module assessment
    Online multiple choice questions (30%)
    Preparation of an essay based on the laboratory sessions (70%)

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