This course provides students with a background in the theory of analytical and forensic techniques and how to apply to them to complex problems, such as scenes of crime. It emphasises the key skills required in this specialised area of science, including good measurement and scientific practice, sample collection and chain of custody, evaluation and interpretation of data, expert witness reports and presentation of evidence in court; Kingston University has its own 'scene of crime' house, which is used to recreate crime scenes and enables students to put their investigative skills into practice.
Modules include: The role of the professional forensic scientist (interpretation, evaluation and presentation of evidence); drugs of abuse; separation science 1; separation science 2; molecular and atomic spectroscopy 1; molecular and atomic spectroscopy 2; fibres, firearms and fire; specialised analytical techniques, applications and problem solving; research project.
Course Additional Entry
An Honours degree or equivalent in forensic science, chemistry or a related life science/pharmacy discipline; appropriate experience in analysis; where English is not 1st language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking.
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