Get an introduction to the science of forensic science and discover how it's applied in the real world.
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The Science Behind Forensic Science
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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.
Kindly note that the course material was produced before COVID-19 distancing and restrictions were put into effect. To learn more about COVID-19 advice and guidance at King’s College, please visit this page.
What topics will you cover?
- Introduction to Forensic Science and the Crime Scene
- Forensic Biology
- Forensic Chemistry
- Evidence in the Court Room
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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 designed 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, such as law or the police force, and want to find out more.
Who will you learn with?
Kim’s area of expertise is biomarkers of substance misuse and investigating the detection of drugs in different matrices. She has been particularly involved in drug-driving research in this regard.
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.
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 is a Forensic Scientist in the ISO17025 accredited DNA analysis at King's laboratory and is carrying out a PhD in Forensic Metagenomics.
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