Module: Forensic Evidence

BSc Forensic Investigation

Forensic Evidence is studied during the second year of the course. It has a strong practical element, concentrating on providing ‘training’ to students in the forensic evidence examination element of forensic science. 

Items are examined in our forensic evidence laboratory including glass, documents, fibres and toolmarks. In addition to this, students gain hands on instrumentation experience using our ESDA (Electrostatic Detection) and GRIM (Glass Refractive Index Measurement) equipment.

ESDA is an invaluable piece of equipment frequently used by police forces and forensic laboratories to reveal indented writing on documents that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. The GRIM is used to examine and compare glass fragments and is used by forensic laboratories in cases such as burglary and hit and run incidents.

The practical element is underpinned by an array of associated lectures, also incorporating topics such as the role and responsibilities of an expert witness and expert witness report writing. 

This module is delivered by our team of experienced forensic professionals with backgrounds in a range of areas including Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Evidence Examination and Interpretation and Forensic Hair Analysis. In addition to this, guest lectures and case studies by Forensic Field Experts are also delivered to students in a range of areas and previously this has included ballistics and fire examination.

Taught by Helen Higgins, Forensic Science lecturer and former Scene of Crime Officer.