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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9.7k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.2k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    January 15


    With a focus on investigative approaches and techniques over practical laboratory-based analysis methods, this course will provide you with the practical skills required to interpret and present analytical evidence associated with the explanation and solution of criminal and civil cases.


    With your future employability in this fascinating field, as its main focus, this course teaches you how to apply scientific and investigative principles to the explanation and solution of criminal or civil cases. By choosing to study at Coventry you will benefit from:

    • a teaching team who have links with a wide range of investigative agencies including local police forces, Her Majestys Revenue and Customs (HMRC), benefit fraud, social work and child protection agencies and specialist forensic investigators who may offer placements throughout the course.
    • guest lectures lead by investigative professionals who provide specialist and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of their particular fields.
    • a team of multidisciplinary experts from various subjects including criminologists, lawyers, chemists, forensic scientists, investigators and psychologists who bring their research and practical experiences in to their teaching.
    • using real-life case studies and scenarios, as well as traditional academic approaches, to develop transferable skills relating to the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of evidence.


    Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, workshop practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

    The course makes use of a virtual learning environment where you can find copies of course notes, lecture presentations, tutorial solutions and other resources.

    You will have access to well-equipped and well-founded laboratory facilities. You will be introduced to fingerprint recovery using powders in your first year. You will also be introduced to blood testing using Kastle Meyer (KM) and blood typing (ABO).

    In the second year you are given experience of crime scene photography using a digital SLR with Liveview (ie you can see on the large screen the photograph being taken and what camera settings have been used). A sexual offences workshop is also organised in the second year where you will be able to test for the presence of human semen (SAP test) and saliva (Phadebas test for salivary amylase).

    There is a crime scene room that you will use in your third year to employ some of these techniques to realistic samples. In addition there is a courtroom where you will be required to provide witness testimony in your third year.

    Technical facilities include a Computer Laboratory with 50 machines equipped as Forensic Investigation workstations utilising Access Data Forensic Toolkit. Sessions are lead by an FTK ACE (Access Data Certified Examiner). You will be lead through the forensic acquisition process concerning the relevant evidential considerations in accordance with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Good Practice Guide for Computer Based Electronic Evidence. You will progress through an understanding of the software and will be required to demonstrate competence in examining suspect materials and identifying digital evidence. This is in accordance with the principles of the High Tech Crime First Responder E-Learning Programme.

    How will this course enhance my career prospects?

    Graduates will be equipped for employment in a range of careers including employment in public or private sector, investigative agencies such as insurance companies, police, HMRC, the Benefits Agency, social care, fraud, environment or financial services. Each year a number of our graduates continue their studies at postgraduate level at Coventry or other universities.
    In addition, you will have the analytical and organisational abilities, as well as the interpersonal skills, to make you suitable for other graduate level careers as diverse as teaching and marketing.


    The four year course includes a professional enhancement year which is the third year of study. Opportunities are available for students to spend time in professional environments in the UK or Europe. These internships normally last for 120 hours, which are spread out over a number of weeks.

    Internship opportunities are developed by Department staff or the individual student, and the collaborative relationship is fully supported by the University and mentored by professionally experienced members of staff.

    There are also opportunities for student exchange in Europe and the United States through the Erasmus and Leonardo programmes.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • EUR 9700 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 12200 Year (Non-EEA)

    EU £8280; Overseas £10560;

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    This multidisciplinary degree encourages you to apply essential elements of psychology, criminology, law, computing and the use of photography and video, and draws on staff expertise from across these disciplines.

    In your first year you will study: criminology, criminal and civil law, policing studies, investigative interviewing, and forensic science.

    In later years you will study: forensic computing, fraud investigation, and careers for forensic investigators. You will be encouraged to relate the skills and abilities you have developed to a number of different employment opportunities beyond Forensic Crime Scene Analysis.

    Course Structure and Module ListThis course is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession and improvements recommended by our current students.

    Year 1

    • Introduction to Forensic Science
    • Professional Skills
    • Civil and Criminal Law
    • Investigative Interviewing
    • Policing Studies
    • Study Skills for Investigators
    • Module selected from Add+vantage list

    Year 2

    • Crime Scene Analysis
    • Forensic Computing
    • Evidence Evaluation
    • Fraud Investigation
    • Investigative Research
    • Module selected from Add+vantage list
    • Optional placement or study abroad year

    Final year

    • Advanced Crime Scene Analysis
    • Surveillance Studies
    • Contemporary Issues in Forensic Investigation
    • Forensic Casebook
    • Forensic Investigations Project
    • Module selected from Add+vantage list

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Mathematics and Science or specified equivalents.
    A-Levels BCC. Excludes General Studies.
    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM.
    The Access Diploma to include 30 level 3 credits at Distinction.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 points.
    English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Coventry University.

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