Forensic Geology (Certificate in Higher Education): 2-year, part-time course by evening study or distance learning (-)




Birkbeck, University of London 

Forensic Geology (Certificate in Higher Education):

2-year, part-time course by evening study or distance learning

Requirements / Wymagania


Średnia ze zdawanych rozszerzeń

- min. 65% 

Certyfikat językowy IELTS

opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury - minimum 6.5  -

About the course

Forensic scientists examine a wide variety of materials to solve crime and most of those materials - soil, water, minerals or paint pigments - have a geological origin. New developments in techniques for determining the origin of these materials are making the science of detection much more precise.

This certificate is ideal for students wishing to advance their knowledge of these exciting developments, but is also suitable for those with little or no experience. This course is offered part-time at Birkbeck's central London campus, or you can study it by distance learning, wherever you are in the world. There are also optional fieldtrips.


Course structure

To gain the Certificate in Higher Education, you must successfully complete the following modules, worth a total of 120 credit points.


  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Invertebrate Palaeontology


  • Chemistry and Pollution of Water, Soil and Air
  • Forensic Geology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Principles of Sedimentology

Please note: Two option modules - Palaeoecology, and Chemistry and Pollution of Water, Soil and Air - are available in alternate years.


At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

Methods of teaching on this course

Face-to-face lectures are supplemented by Moodle, a web-based environment where you can access course materials and videos of lectures. Moodle can also be used as a distance learning alternative with supplementary web-based material.

You are welcome to attend weekend field classes alongside students taking Birkbeck's BSc Geology.


Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

Methods of assessment on this course

A combination of reports, practical work and written examinations.


Part-time home/EU students: £ 4500 pa

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