The Science Behind Forensic Science

Get an introduction to the science of forensic science and discover how it's applied in the real world.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours

Discover the biology and chemistry behind forensic science

How does forensic science really work? How are scientific principles applied in crime scenes? Answer these questions and more with this course from the team who teach the longest-running forensic science programme of its type in England.

On the course you will get an introduction to the chemistry and biology of forensic science. You will examine the methods used in forensic science and learn about how these technique are used in crime scenes and explained in the court room.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to Forensic Science and the Crime Scene
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Evidence in the Court Room

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how a crime scene is evaluated and some of the analytical techniques required for an analysis of the evidence.
  • Apply the chemistry knowledge acquired to approach the learning and understanding of more sophisticated techniques used in forensic science
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the genome that enables them to comprehend forensic DNA analysis
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of strengths and limitations of an adversarial judicial system in giving forensic evidence

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in discovering more about forensic science. It will be especially useful if you’re thinking of studying forensic science in the future or if you work in a field related to forensic science (for example law or the police force) and want to find out more.

Who will you learn with?

Barbara Daniel

Barbara Daniel

As a Reader in Forensic Science Education I ensure we deliver teaching at the cutting edge of both science and teaching, having student participation and interaction as core. Enjoy the MOOC!

David Ballard

David Ballard

David Ballard is a researcher in forensic genetics and the senior scientist within the ISO17025 accredited DNA analysis at King’s unit. Dr Ballard has over 15 years’ experience in forensics.

Denise Syndercombe Court

Denise Syndercombe Court

A professor of forensic genetics and expert witness with over 25 years' experience in criminal justice leading a research group, supervising PhD students and running an ISO17025 MoJ laboratory.

Gabriella Mason-Buck

Gabriella Mason-Buck

Gabriella is a Forensic Scientist in the ISO17025 accredited DNA analysis at King's laboratory and is carrying out a PhD in Forensic Metagenomics.

Who developed the course?

King's College London

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

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