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crime scene investigation

crime scene investigation


This short course will appeal to people with an amateur or professional interest in Crime Scene Investigation.

Perhaps you are an avid CSI fan and want to know more about the science behind the fiction.

Or perhaps you work in a crime related area, and are interested in developing your professional skills, and deepening your understanding of what happens behind the scenes.

This remotely accessed, stand-alone short course, will give you a taste of the science behind the fiction. Allowing you to learn about the science and practicalities behind Crime Scene Investigations and the considerations that need to be taken into account when processing them.

What you will study

This short course will introduce you to the observation, recording and preservation of crime scenes and evidence. It will teach you the techniques used to enter crimes scenes correctly in order to preserve forensic evidence.

In addition, you will gain practical experience in the collection of fingerprints, the correct use of sterile swabs and tape lifts, along with how to collect toolmark and other impression evidence.

All students will also be taught how to accurately record the crime scene using diagrams and notes.

The syllabus covers the following topics:

  • Evidence found at crime scenes
  • Investigation of crime scenes
  • Search techniques
  • Recovering evidence and other information
  • Team working at crime scenes
  • Reporting crime scene investigations


50 % Practical Simulation (conducted over the taught weekend)

50 % Practical Write Up (1500 words)  


20 credits

Course dates



After successful completion of this course, you will be eligible for a Glynd┼Ár University Certificate of Continuing Education – Crime Scene Investigation.

Career prospects

This course would be suitable for anyone with an interest in learning more about forensics, or those interested in pursuing a career in policing, crime investigation or allied fields.

This course will also provide an extended taster which will allow students to make an informed choice about whether the BSc Forensics would be suitable for them starting in September 2018. (Subject to entry criteria)



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