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Professional Studies in Forensic Road Collision Investigation BSc (Hons)

About the course

The Professional Studies in Forensic Road Collision Investigation BSc (Hons) is a top-up to the two year Forensic Road Collision Investigation Foundation Degree (FdSc)|.

The programme is mainly based around a research module which will require you to complete a work based project and as such you will need to be employed in the field of collision investigation. This includes serving police officers, insurance investigators and those who offer consultancy expertise in this area. 

The course builds on the Foundation Degree which together provides a thorough understanding of the physical principles underlying collisions and vehicle dynamics and how mathematics can be used to describe and model collision scenarios. The course also helps you to understand how modern technology is used in forensic collision investigation. A strong emphasis is placed on the practical use of technology to investigate real-world collisions.

The course provides an understanding and use of a wide range of hardware and software such as accelerometers and bespoke software for the analysis of damage to vehicles as well as techniques for the production of 2D plans and animated 3D models.

Key facts

Duration:  One year full-time or two years part-time.

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

Application to this top-up BSc (Hons) course requires successful completion of Forensic Road Collision Investigation Foundation Degree (FdSc).|

Teaching and assessment

A variety of techniques are used throughout the course with an emphasis on lectures, supporting tutorials and practical experimentation.

The course is based with AiTS in Gloucestershire although a considerable proportion of the course is presented online with video sessions and the study of course notes. Student-centered learning takes place through the research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises for the development of skills and understanding. Multiple choice phase tests, short answer tests, written assignments and exams are all used to assess your knowledge.

Course modules

This course builds on the modules in the Forensic Road Collision Investigation Foundation Degree (FdSc).|

BSc (Hons) Year

  • Computer collision analysis
  • Professional development and project preparation
  • Individual project

Industry links and professional accreditation

This course satisfies the academic requirements for full membership of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators|

Work experience and placements

This course requires a considerable commitment to work based learning. As such it is ideally suited to those who already hold employment within the industry. 

Work placements will be sought for students who are not currently employed. AiTS can help but cannot guarantee to secure employment positions or work placements. 

Graduate careers

This course provides the necessary theoretical knowledge and understanding to perform work as a forensic road collision investigator. A considerable proportion of investigators start work for the police service investigating and reporting on fatal and serious injury collisions. A growing number are employed as consultants, providing support to the civil and criminal courts.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding options for 2014 entry are still under review and will be updated shortly.

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.


A substantial proportion of this course is delivered via distance and online learning and can be studied from the comfort of home.

You will benefit from the facilities of AiTS in Gloucestershire when undertaking direct teaching and during the practical sessions. This involves practical testing on an airfield, use of collision investigation hardware and software technologies. In addition you will be a student of DMU with access to all the teaching and learning facilities on offer.

How to apply

Apply direct to AiTS at www.aitsuk.com|

Contact details

AiTS Admissions
Unit A5 Lakeside Business Park
South Cerney

T: +44 (0)1285 864650
E: admin@aitsuk.com|
F: +44 (0)1285 864659

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