Advanced Topics in Forensic Science - PSCI7120

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will include the principles of application, quality and legal aspects of analysis and identification using several evidence types – entwined with case examples of major crimes. The module is intended to cover the most up to date topics within forensic science and will be supported with a wide range of contemporary case studies.

The module will include the following subject areas:
• Case Assessment & Interpretation.
• A selection of contemporary case studies demonstrating the application of forensic science.
• Quality standards in forensic science.
• Ethics in forensic science.
• Bias


Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Essay (2,000 words) – 20%
• Examination (3 hours) – 80%
Academic year 2022/23 examined: Time-Bound Online Assessment

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate detailed comprehension of the role of evaluative and interpretive opinion in forensic science.
2. Demonstrate a strong appreciation of the value of the statistical approach to the testimony whilst understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the qualitative and quantitative approaches to expressing opinion.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of key cases in shaping the weight of opinion and how cases are evaluated in modern-day forensic testimony.
4. Demonstrate broad understanding of the role of quality in forensic science. They will distinguish 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 wide-ranging 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.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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