Contemporary and Advanced Issues in Forensic Science - PS702

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring 7 15 (7.5) PROF M Went checkmark-circle


This module enables students from a variety of backgrounds (e.g. graduates in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Biology etc.) to develop their expertise within selected areas of forensic science. Areas for development (e.g. crime scene analysis, ballistics, drug analysis, face recognition, DNA, etc.) will be identified during an initial meeting of the module convenor with each student.
Students will then be assigned a supervisor in the appropriate area who will guide them towards appropriate learning resources such as lecture and practical materials within the School’s portfolio of modules, textbooks and research journals, as well as providing tutorial guidance throughout the module. Guidance will be also given in preparing the dissertation and the presentation. Students will be expected to present verbally, and in writing, the background and advances (focussing on the last ten years) in their selected area of expertise.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Tutorials, 18 hours.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Presentation (30 mins including questions), 30%;
Dissertation (5,000 words), 70%.

Indicative reading

The Templeman Library has extensive holdings of recently published texts and journals relevant to this module.
Examples include:

  • Gill.P Misleading DNA Evidence, Reasons For Miscarriages Of Justice, 2014
  • Gunn. A Essential Forensic Biology,2009
  • Ubelaker, D.H.. Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions. 2013
  • Heard, B.J. Forensic Ballistics in Court: Interpretation and Presentation of Firearms Evidence. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Kintz, P., & Kintz, P. Toxicological aspects of drug-facilitated crimes. 2014
  • Stuart, B. Forensic Analytical Techniques. 2013
  • Lentini, J.J. Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation. Second edition. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2013.
  • Carlin, M, and Dean J.R. Forensic Applications of Gas Chromatography. 2013
  • Journal of Forensic Sciences [0022-1198]
  • Forensic Science International [0379-0738]
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society [0015-7368]

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    Learning outcomes

  • A deep specialist knowledge and experience of techniques within particular areas of forensic science.
  • Engagement and familiarity with recent and current research methods, results and publications.
  • A clear recognition of the constraints and opportunities of the environment in which professional forensic science is carried out.
  • A familiarity with the moral and ethical issues involved in the practice of forensic science.
  • Confidence in their ability to interpret complex technical information and to communicate it in a wide variety of professional situations.
  • A deep appreciation of the need and application of quality standards supporting the delivery of forensic science.
  • Self-direction and originality in applying and adapting problem-solving skills to unfamiliar, complex and open-ended situations.
  • The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.


    1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
    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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