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Crime Scene & Forensic Science (Module)

Module description

This is an exciting opportunity to experience a Crime Scene Investigation from the identification and analysis of items found at the scene through to conducting tests in our world renowned forensic laboratories using our cutting edge instruments.  This module is brought to you by King’s Forensics, with international expert scientists and professionals including police forces who teach on our accredited programme. 

It is aimed at undergraduate students who are interested in the science behind Crime Scene Investigation. We offer a unique learning experience that includes: a mock crime scene, the chance to experience a criminal court case at the Royal Courts of Justice, special access to forensic laboratories at the Natural History Museum and the Gordon Museum of Pathology.

You will actively take part in supervised practical sessions where you will carry out DNA profiling and analysis of crime scene items including confiscated street drugs (strictly security enforced).

This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday. This is an example timetable from 2017, for the Crime Scene & Forensic Science module, so content and timings are subject to change.

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the module, you should have: 

  • gained an understanding of the main principles of a forensic investigation from crime scene to lab.
  • gained privileged access to King’s Forensics pioneering research, teaching and facilities
  • learned how to work independently and as part of a team to evaluate a crime scene and to search, collect, and select the information required in a forensic context.
  • understood and used forensic techniques including DNA profiling, fingerprint and body fluid analysis using our world class laboratory equipment.

Staff information

Taught by the Department of Analytical, Environmental & Forensic SciencesFaculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King's College London

Teaching pattern

  • Mock crime scene investigation
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Laboratory practical
  • Special access visits to museums and professional institutions
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

  • Online multiple choice questions (30%)
  • Preparation of an essay based on the laboratory sessions (70%)

Key information

Module code 4ZSS0166

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework practical/s written examination/s

Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No