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Anglia Ruskin University

Crime and Investigative Studies

UCAS Code: F412

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

104

from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Forensic science

From criminal investigation to courtroom: get exposure to the real world of crime scenes, policing and investigation. Learn about how crime is detected by the police using a range of investigative techniques, particularly forensic evidence, and how this is presented to a jury within a court of law. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.
Are you interested in crime, forensic science, policing and the law, but unsure which subject to study? You’ll cover them all on our course. We combine the crime scene examination part of forensic science with other crime-related subjects, such as policing, intelligence and the law. This means that, when you graduate, you’ll have a wide range of criminal justice career options to choose from.
Use our superb crime scene laboratories to learn the skills of a crime scene examiner. We’ll help you to understand the practical aspects of crime and investigation, and how they affect everyday life. You’ll look at different types of crime, from burglary through to murder, and find out how these are investigated by the Police. You’ll also learn how to investigate mass disasters, such as plane crashes and tsunamis, and discover how forensic pathology and anthropology is used.
Our course will explore traditional investigative methods used by the Police in addition to newer aspects of policing, such as evidence-based policing. You will also learn how to present professional reports in both a policing environment and within a court of law.
Our lecturers have first-hand experience of crime scene examination, policing and criminal justice. As well as benefitting from their knowledge, you’ll have guest lectures from visiting professionals and get an understanding of the workplace through visits to places such as the Crown Court, and other field trips.

Modules

Year one, core modules
Introduction to Forensic Methodologies
Perceptions of Crime
United Kingdom Legal Systems and Law for Forensic Scientists
Physical Criminalistics
Introduction to Police and Forensic Photography
Identification Techniques
Year two, core modules
Scene and Laboratory Investigation
Evidence Based Policing
Mass Disasters
Project Preparation
Digital Forensics
Police and Forensic Investigations
Year three, core modules
Major Investigations
Forensic Anthropology
Undergraduate Major Project
Crime Scene Analysis
Specialised Topics in Investigative Science
Forensic Pathology

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides practical and written exams, you’ll be assessed on your reports, essays, work portfolios and role-play participation.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
Forensic science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,252
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Protective service occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The statistics here primarily reflect the prospects for forensic science graduates - they make up over three quarters of the group. While there are not a lot of jobs available in forensics itself just at the moment, reflected in the overall unemployment rates for forensic science graduates, there are still jobs for graduates from these subjects as they learn useful analysis techniques that some employers can find in short supply. Last year's graduates went into analysis work in labs, technician roles and general research, and for those looking a little wider, business roles and management also employed forensics graduates. Some graduates join the police with this degree and that can be a good source of sponsorship and work experience.

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