Advanced Topics in Forensic Science - FSCI6120

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Robert Green checkmark-circle


This module intends to illustrate the contemporary topics, underpinning professional practice those students wishing to enter the forensic science profession. The indicative content draws upon much of the guidance, published by the Forensic Science Regulator, UKAS, ENFSI, CSFS as well as academic and professional commentary. The module covers several broad topics – namely, evaluative reporting, case assessment and interpretation (CAI), quality standards, ethics in forensic science and bias.


Contact hours

Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Essay (3,000 words) – 40%
• Examination (3 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the current issues affecting forensic science.
2. Appreciate the value of statistical approaches to testimony whilst understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the qualitative and quantitative approaches to expressing opinion.
3. Understand the importance of key cases in shaping the weight of opinion and how cases are evaluated in modern-day forensic testimony.
4. Understand the role of quality in forensic science. Appreciate the different quality standards associated with the forensic process, as well as recognise the value of competency testing, proficiency trials and continuing professional development.
5. Demonstrate systematic knowledge of the codes of ethical conduct applicable to forensic scientists and identify ethical challenges using a review of contemporary cases.
6. Critically analyse a range of contemporary and advanced topics associated with forensic science.
7. Appreciate the impact and potential consequences of cognitive bias in both assessment and interpretation of casework.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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