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Forensic Science

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

FORENSIC 701
15 Points

Fundamental Concepts in Forensic Science

Ethics and quality assurance in forensic science. Principles of criminal law, principles of evidence and procedure, expert evidence, interpretation of scientific evidence, probability and statistics. Forensic pathology, psychology and psychiatry.

Prerequisite: Permission of Programme Director

FORENSIC 702
15 Points

Introduction to Forensic Science

Forensic biology, documents, fingerprints, physical evidence, toolmarks, fire examination, explosives, hairs and fibres, drugs, toxicology, alcohol (including blood and breath alcohol), crime scene examination, firearms identification.

Prerequisite: Permission of Programme Director

FORENSIC 703
15 Points

Statistics and Molecular Biology for Forensic Science

Statistics: data summarisation and reduction, laws of probability, conditional probability, likelihood ratios and Bayes theorem. Interpretation of statistical results. Forensic biology: basic principles of population genetics, genomic structure, conventional blood grouping. DNA profiling: structure, enzymology and basic chemistry of nucleic acids, PCR and microsatellites, interpretation of DNA profiles, developing forensic DNA technologies.

Prerequisite: Permission of Programme Director

FORENSIC 704
15 Points

Techniques and Applications for Forensic Science

Analytical techniques: GC, HPLC, GC-MS chromatography, IR and UV spectroscopy. Applications: toxicology, illicit drugs, sports drugs, racing chemistry. Physical and trace evidence.

Prerequisite: Permission of Programme Director

FORENSIC 706
15 Points

Environmental Forensic Science

Concepts of environmental science. Environmental monitoring and spill analysis, environmental legislation, criminal and environmental law. Case studies and practical work.

Prerequisite: Permission of Programme Director

FORENSIC 707
30 Points

FORENSIC 707A
15 Points

FORENSIC 707B
15 Points

Project in Forensic Science

A research essay on an aspect of forensic science.

Prerequisite: Permission of Programme Director

Restriction: FORENSIC 705

To complete this course students must enrol in FORENSIC 707 A and B, or FORENSIC 707

FORENSIC 710
15 Points

FORENSIC 710A
7.5 Points

FORENSIC 710B
7.5 Points

Advanced Topics in Forensic Science

A modular course comprising topics in Forensic Science related to staff research interests.

To complete this course students must enrol in FORENSIC 710 A and B, or FORENSIC 710

FORENSIC 796A
60 Points

FORENSIC 796B
60 Points

MSc Thesis in Forensic Science

Note: The Forensic Science MSc thesis research courses are mounted with the assistance of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) and ESR facilities and databases will be used for some research. As ESR facilities and databases are relied on in Court proceedings, appropriate steps must be taken to ensure the integrity of ESR's analyses. This means students wishing to use ESR laboratory facilities as part of the MSc programme will be subject to the same type of access requirements as ESR employees. This includes a security clearance (essentially a check of any convictions recorded against you) and a drug test prior to being given access to ESR resources. Students will normally be required to provide a DNA sample to ensure that any allegations of cross-contamination of a DNA sample can be properly investigated. The DNA profile will be retained by ESR. All other information will be returned to the students at the completion of their studies. Students who would like further details of these conditions should contact the Programme Director.

Prerequisite: Permission of Programme Director

To complete this course students must enrol in FORENSIC 796 A and B

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