You will be taught by a team of academics with a wide range of experience in both academic and industrial settings. Research specialisms include botanical evidence and forensic DNA, fingerprint recovery and analysis and forensic applications of NMR.
Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, you will normally benefit from 22 contact hours timetabled teaching sessions each week, consisting of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and workshops. You will also be expected to devote a considerable amount of time to independent study, typically 18 – 20 hours per week.
Practical work forms a large part of teaching and includes exercises at our mock crime house facility. You will also learn from visiting lecturers involved in forensic science. Assessments include coursework, practical reports, written and practical exams, phase tests and presentations.
Teaching contact hours
Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on any optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 22 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 3 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
Medium group teaching: approx. 10 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Large group teaching: approx. 9 hours of lectures each week
Personal study: approx. 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.