Canterbury Christ Church University - BSc Forensic Investigation (Criminal Investigation)

Canterbury Christ Church University

BSc Forensic Investigation (Criminal Investigation)

Take your interest in criminal justice one step further with a degree exploring the practical investigation of crime, with a specific focus on crime scene investigation.

You will be taking a step towards a career that is interesting, exciting, varied and challenging. Through this degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain an excellent grounding in the theory, processes and procedures associated with forensic investigation. You will study the practical investigation of crime to establish the facts and evidence that contribute to the resolution of crime by the police and the courts and crime prevention.

You will receive a specific focus on crime scene investigation which will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of criminal investigation theory and the practical application to real life crime scenarios.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be 96-120 UCAS Tariff points.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course

Career Prospects

You will have the potential to enter a range of careers in crime, criminal justice and related fields on completion of this course, as the design of the Forensic Investigation with Criminal Investigation course at CCCU gives you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that are core to criminal justice careers and transferable to other related careers.

Graduates of the course typically secure posts within the police, the prison service, the probation service, youth work, private companies working in security, and third sector organisations working in crime control and victim support.

Further opportunities exist as investigators for: National Crime Agency, the Military, Independent Office for Police Conduct, Criminal Cases Review Commission, Security Services, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, and so on. Postgraduate study is also an option for Applied Criminology with Criminal Investigation graduates and you will be encouraged to make the most of the volunteering and networking opportunities available throughout your degree course in addition to your studies in order to enhance your employability.

Course Details

You'll start the course by exploring core themes, concepts, practices and perspectives of forensic investigations, as well as essential concepts and practices within the criminal investigation processes.

From this solid foundation, you'll explore forensic investigation in more depth and you'll develop personal skills and qualities that are needed to work in the field.

Throughout the course, you'll consider aspects of police function that relate to the National Intelligence Model, including how investigation of specific crimes link to the intelligence function, and the use of covert strategies within criminal investigations.

To ensure you reach your full academic and career potential, you'll develop study and employability skills and, where possible, you'll have opportunities to participate in trips or visits to gain insight into the workings of forensic investigation. Previous students have attended mock crime scene exercises within police forces, post-mortem examinations, a shooting range trip and court trips. Occasionally, we are offered opportunities to participate in police training events, and for several years our students have been able to spend a day at the National Maritime Fire Training Centre as well as Kent Firearms and Dog Sections. 

Three members of the forensic teaching team advised and starred on an episode of the BBC Top Gear programme, which investigated forensic evidence that could be found in used cars.

One member of the teaching team is a trained coach and mentor and has injected this influence into the degree course structure, to enable students to develop as people and professionals, in addition to learning the subject. It is often personal qualities such as confidence that prevents us from reaching our potential, and this approach is actively helping students to overcome issues that might impact their success.


Year 1

Crime: Representations and Realities
Introducing Forensic Investigation
Introducing Crime, Offences & Justice
Introducing Crime Scene Investigation
Introducing Psychology and Crime
Law, Policing and the Police

Year 2

Volume & Serious Crime Scene Investigation
Accident, Disaster & Terror Scene Investigation
Evidence Relating to Criminal Investigation
Investigating Crime
Investigative Interviewing
Sexual and Domestic Abuse

Year 3

Major & Critical Incident Scene Investigation
Gangs and Serious Youth Offending
Fire & Explosion Scene Investigation
Major Crime Investigation
Investigating Sexual and Domestic Abuse
Expert & Professional Witnesses

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