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Forensic and Digital Investigation with Industrial Placement, BSc Hons

With the opportunity to work alongside experts from the Criminal Justice System and emergency services, choosing Greenwich gives you a head-start for careers in forensic sciences.

Our Forensic and Digital investigation with Industrial Placement course will give you a solid grounding in both forensic science and digital forensics and during a placement year, you'll be able to put these skills into practice and showcase your skills to employers.

Taught by industry experts with years of practical experience, you will gain a hands-on understanding of each discipline and how they combine to help solve real-life criminal investigations and as we are rated number 1 in London for student satisfaction, you won’t be disappointed in making this choice.

A typical day could see you employing the latest digital technologies and programming languages alongside investigating specialist forensic techniques such as blood pattern analysis, homicide investigation or Disaster Victim Identification.

This course offers a unique combination of modules merging traditional forensics with digital forensic techniques. Currently identified as two separate areas of specialism, introducing conventional forensic science principles into cyber forensics will address a glaring gap in the skills market. Given that digital evidence is often a key factor in many court cases, staying at the forefront of the discipline is an important issue for all forensic professionals.

If you're excited by the prospect of entering the world of forensics and digital investigation, this four-year course is the ideal start for your professional future.

UCAS points

80 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

F415 M BSc/FDIIP

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School

Science

Campus

Greenwich / Medway

Duration

4 years full-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees 2022/23

* 2023 starters pay the 2022/23 fees.

2022/23 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Use the placement year to get a head-start in your future career. Showcase your growing scientific skills to employers, as you work alongside industry professionals
  • Ranked #1 in London for Teaching and Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2020) and top 15 in the UK (Guardian University League Table, 2021)
  • Practical facilities allow you to practice scenarios you will find in the workplace, including crime scene examination rooms and vehicles and an entomology facility
  • You are responsible for securing your placement (with our help). But if this is not completed, you can still graduate with an award without industrial practice
  • This course is taught at our Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime, Kent, with at least one day a week at our Greenwich Campus.

What you will study

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About the course team

The lecturing team have a wide range of expertise and field experience working with Kent, Sussex and the Metropolitan Police services and most recently Kent Fire and Rescue services. Our experts cover fields including family liaison, facial recognition, disaster victim investigation and counter terrorism, bringing real-life examples to give you a taste of working in these disciplines. Final-year students may receive training from qualified barristers for the mock-court assessments.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Clearing entry requirements

Typical UCAS points for Clearing entry: 80

We will consider points from a number of different Level 3 qualifications including; A Levels, T Levels, BTEC/National Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Access courses, and an array of other/ international qualifications.

Other requirements may be needed. Further details on entry requirements available.

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Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

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How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2022/23. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2022/23 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Our forensic science courses allow close student and staff interaction, we pride ourselves on this level of familiarity. Some of our more generic first year modules may have larger group sizes, for example up to 100 in lectures. However,  it is more usual for our subject-specific modules in that year to be much smaller, with 30-40 students per class. In the second and third years there may still be some larger groups but as students start to specialise this figure is typically reduced to 15-25 students per class.

Independent learning

At university, you must develop the ability to work more independently than you have done before. In the early stages of the degree, you will receive a higher level of support from module leaders and personal tutors. In years 2 and 3, you will need to demonstrate an increasing ability to build upon material delivered in lectures and laboratories through independent reading. Greenwich graduates should be able to think and work independently, analytically and creatively to solve problems.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

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Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Other costs

Safety equipment
Science students are provided with lab coat and safety glasses free of charge. You'll be expected to pay for prescription safety glasses (approx. £90+) if you choose to purchase them.

Field trips
The cost of field trips is activity dependant. Some are free, while others may require a contribution. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.

Professional memberships
The standard professional memberships attached to accredited courses are covered by your tuition fees. You are welcome to take up additional professional memberships at your own cost.

Resources
Course texts and other study resources are available from the Drill Hall Library. You may wish to purchase your own copies. You also receive an allowance for printing costs, which you can top up if required.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

This course is also available with a placement year where you will have the opportunity of securing invaluable hands-on work experience, and networking within the industry. This will be carried out in between Year 2 and Year 3 extending the course to 4 years.

How long is my placement?

The new placement will be a minimum of 9 months with a maximum of I year (more than one placement may be taken provided that one of them has a duration of at least 6 months). The module will be across a full academic year and the fee will be the standard placement year fee.

What are the financial arrangements?

The Faculty expectation is that students are as far as possible treated like other employees of the company or organisation. It is expected that students on sandwich placements will be paid throughout their time with the company.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This degree will equip you with the broad scientific training and transferable skills that will give you the maximum opportunity for choice in your career. Graduates may pursue roles in forensic science, digital investigation and criminologically related disciplines. In addition, the depth of core science taught throughout, allows graduates to move into the wider pharmaceutical, chemical and biological science sectors if desired.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. This includes an Employer Partnerships Manager, who works with companies to provide placement and employment opportunities.

Our team will also help you understand the jobs market, produce effective CVs, and prepare for a graduate job and placement applications in your final year.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We are ambitious for all our students and we want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access support to improve your study skills through your tutor, our subject librarians and our online academic skills centre.

We have a Learning Skills Coordinator and a writing Fellow, both of whom support students in improving their writing skills. Additional Maths support is also available through the Drill Hall library. All students are allocated a personal tutor throughout the duration of their studies. The academic support available will enhance student performance.

Support from the department

Students within the Faculty of Engineering and Science have a Retention and Success Officer (RSO) whose role is to provide an additional layer of support for student engagement, and provision for extenuating circumstances, withdrawals and interruptions, Faculty level resit and Personal Development Planning enquiries.

The University wide STAART (AccessAbility Retention and Transition) course encourages and supports students with a disability, providing support for disabled students.

Accommodation information

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