United Kingdom

University of Winchester

Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR, United Kingdom

University of Winchester

Forensic Studies

Forensic methods are a vital part of the criminal justice process, with many agencies relying on forensic detection to help solve a range of problems. The programme also combines elements of criminology, psychology and archaeology to introduce you to a wide range of applied investigative techniques, grounded in both classic and contemporary theoretical perspectives. The programme develops your ability to employ the research and analytical skills necessary to critically evaluate social and institutional contexts and differentiate between the theory and practice of forensic science. You gain experience of making and presenting arguments, understand how to collect data to answer research questions and learn the conventions associated with good academic practice. The development of excellent written and oral communication skills is embedded throughout via a variety of learning, teaching and assessment methods. Subject areas include techniques of forensic investigation, miscarriages of justice in the criminal justice system and forensic psychology. The programme begins by introducing you to the broad scope of forensic science practice, the development of scientific method and theoretical perspectives that are used to understand crime and offenders. As you progress through the programme, you encounter increasingly specialised areas of practice that engage forensic scientists. In your final year, you undertake your own research project in the form of your dissertation. In Year 1, you are introduced to the core conceptual, theoretical, ethical and practical debates within forensic studies and build the foundation of core skills to enable you to engage with Years 2 and 3. The second year of the programme introduces specific forensic science practices, such as DNA analysis, in more detail and teaches you about key forensic roles, such as forensic anthropology, odontology and the role of forensic medical examiners. In the final year, you appreciate the complexities involved in collecting and presenting forensic evidence through a series of practical activities. Practical sessions complement this theoretical focus, allowing you to engage with particular forensic techniques. You come to understand forensics as an interdisciplinary field where several subject areas converge to create a dynamic area of study.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,Winchester