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Introduction to Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation

We’re inviting students from our international partners to live and study in Scotland for two weeks in July and August. The Introduction to Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation course will be hosted at our Paisley Campus, on the edge of Glasgow.

  • Dates: Monday 29th July (arrival Sunday 28th July)
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Campus: Paisley
  • Suitable for: High school or undergraduate students interested in gaining an introduction to the basic skills of forensic science
  • Study pathway/opportunity for further study: BSc Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation
  • Credit bearing: Generally non-credit.  If required 20 credits could be available (assessment, practical scene examination, presentation and additional written piece of work to be completed post completion of the programme)
  • Cost: £1600 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OF £100 IF YOU APPLY BEFORE 31ST MARCH 2019) 
  • Included: Accommodation, Tuition, Excursions and Social Activities
  • Visas: If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you can apply for a short-term study visa. Make sure you check the immigration requirements before applying (visit www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa for more details). You will receive a confirmation of booking and you should carry this confirmation with you when travelling. You can apply for a visa up to three months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within three weeks. You will need to attach an offer letter to your visa application. The offer letter is a ‘Booking Complete’ email, which is sent to you once you have booked and made full payment for the Summer School.
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COURSE OVERVIEW

Are you interested in Forensic Science or Crime Scene Investigation, are you a would be investigator or thinking of studying the subject we have a week or two week summer school available for you to understand the basic principles and techniques associated with this exciting field of science.

This programme is comprised up of theoretical lectures, case studies, and practical classes that will provide an understanding of how crimes are investigated and some of the techniques used in the recovery and analysis of evidence.

Week 1

Sunday

  • Arrival

Monday

  • Welcome and Induction - 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30-11.00
  • Scottish Culture Session (All Students) - 11.30-13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00 
  • Cultural Activity - 14.00 - 16.30
  • Cultural Activity - Evening

Tuesday

  • Lecture 1 - Principles of Evidential Transfer and Contamination - 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Lecture 2 - Roles of the investigative team; Principles of packaging; Principles of scene investigation - 11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch 13.00 - 14.00
  • Practical 1 -  Practical class on contamination and packaging - 14.00 16.30

Wednesday

  • Lecture 4 - Recording a crime scene- 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30-11.00
  • Lecture 5 - Theory of Fingerprinting - 11.30-13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Practical 2 Fingerprinting - 14.00 - 16.30
  • Optional Evening Activity - Evening

Thursday

  • Lecture 6 - Trace Evidence, Footwear evidence, Instrument Evidence - 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break 10.30 -11.00
  • Lecture 7 - Blood, bodyfluids and DNA
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Practical 3 Recovery of trace evidence and footwear marks - 14.00 - 16.30

Friday

  • Practical 4 - Mini-scene examination - 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Practical 4 continued - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Free Afternoon

Saturday

  • Free Day or Optional Excursion

Sunday

  • Free Day or Optional Excursion

Week 2

Monday

  • Scottish Culture Session (All Students) - 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30-11.00
  • Scottish Culture Session (All Students) - 11.30-13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00 
  • Cultural Activity - 14.00 - 16.30
  • Cultural Activity - Evening

Tuesday

  • Lecture 8 -  Principles of laboratory examination and notetaking - 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Lecture 8 continued - 11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch 13.00 - 14.00
  • Laboratory Examination - 14.00 16.30

Wednesday

  • Lecture 9 - Sexual Assaults and DNA Investigation - 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30-11.00
  • Lecture 9 continued - 11.30-13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Practical 5 Bodyfluid identification and DNA testing - 14.00 - 16.30
  • Optional Evening Activity - Evening

Thursday

  • Lecture 10 Theory – Hairs and Fibres - 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break 10.30 -11.00
  • Practical 6 11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Practical 7 Scene Examination - 14.00 - 16.30

Friday

  • Practical 7 continued Scene Examination & Examination of evidence - 9.00 - 10.30
  • Morning Break - 10.30 - 11.00
  • Presentation of Findings - 11.00 - 13.00
  • Lunch - 13.00 - 14.00
  • Free Afternoon
  • Group Evening Activity

Saturday

  • Departure

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of Week 1, you will have the basic knowledge and skills associated with the examination of a crime scene.

At the end of Week 2, you will have a basic understanding of some of the biological aspects of how forensic science is used in the investigation of crime.

how to Apply

 

APPLY & pay

To secure your place on the Introduction to Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation Summer School, click on the ‘APPLY & PAY’ link above.

Last updated: 04/02/2019