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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 calculation and simulation programs that allow a collision to be reconstructed

We also offer a University Certificate of Professional Development (UCPD) Forensic Road Collision Investigation. This programme is the starting point for those who wish to become forensic road collision investigators and who have no prior experience of investigating road collisions This includes serving police officers, insurance investigators and those who have been employed to provide consultancy services in this area. The UCPD is currently available by distance learning over one year. You can find out more about this  course on the AiTS website.

Key facts

Duration:  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
  • Work-based 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

Tuition Fee: £6,300

DMU Fee:   £1,040

VAT: £1,260

Total exc. £7,340

Total inc. £8,600

For a full fees list please see the AiTS website


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

Contact details

AiTS Admissions
Unit A5 Lakeside Business Park
South Cerney

T: +44 (0)1285 864650
F: +44 (0)1285 864659

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