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Got an eye for detail and a fascination for crime scenes? Step away from TV crime dramas and immerse yourself in our labs and crime scene rooms in Cambridge. You’ll learn about criminology, forensic science, policing and the law from lecturers with first-hand experience in the field. Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our degree offers you real-world experience through work placements, internships and field trips, and career possibilities in criminal justice, crime analysis and victim support.
Are you interested in crime, forensic science, policing and the law, but unsure which subject to study? You will cover them all on our course. We combine the crime scene examination part of forensic science with other crime-related subjects, such as policing, intelligence and the law.
This means that, when you graduate, you will have a wide range of criminal justice career options to choose from.
Use our superb crime scene rooms to learn the skills of a crime scene examiner. We’ll help you to understand the practical aspects of crime and investigation, and how they affect everyday life. You will look at different types of crime, from burglary through to murder, and find out how these are investigated by the Police. You will also learn how to investigate mass disasters, such as plane crashes and tsunamis, and discover how forensic pathology and anthropology is used.
Learning about the UK legal systems and criminal law, you will find out how they affect the investigation of different crimes and how to present professional reports of your investigative findings.
Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) and explores traditional investigative methods used by the Police in addition to newer aspects of policing, such as evidence-based policing. You will also learn how to present professional reports in both a policing environment and within a court of law.
Our lecturers have first-hand experience of crime scene examination, policing and criminal justice. As well as benefitting from their knowledge, you will have guest lectures from visiting professionals and get an understanding of the workplace through visits to places such as the Crown Court, and other field trips.
You have the option to take a placement year as part of your degree.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
You will graduate from our course with the skills needed to work in various areas in the criminal justice system, particularly policing, crime scene examination, prisons and security, as well as government intelligence agencies.
The legal and criminology elements of the course open up career possibilities in social and youth work, crime analysis, victim support and legal work.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Introduction to Forensic Methodologies
United Kingdom Legal Systems and Law for Forensic Scientists
Introduction to Police and Forensic Photography
Applied Science for Forensic Investigators
Year two, core modules
Scene and Laboratory Investigation
Mass Fatality Incidents
Introduction to Fire Investigation
Police and Forensic Investigations
Evidence Based Policing
Year three, core modules
Undergraduate Major Project
Crime Scene Analysis
Specialised Topics in Investigative Science
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. This course has a hands-on approach, so a lot of your assessment will be through practical work. Your assessments will include traditional exams and assignments, as well as your performance in practical work, presentations, mock courts and group work.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.