University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Document Analysis

This course is designed to enable graduate students and forensic practitioners to develop the theoretical knowledge underpinning forensic document examination and provide intensive training and practical experience; it covers the analysis of handwriting, signatures, questioned and fraudulent documents and provides training in the use of a range of highly specialised techniques, such as: VSC; comparison microscopy; ESDA; and raman spectroscopy; students graduating from this course will be well placed to gain employment in: forensic science laboratories; police investigation teams; fraud departments in major government or private organisations; or to go on to further research in academia.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree or above from a UK university or the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline (biology, biomedical science, genetics, biochemistry); degree or HNC/HND in an appropriate discipline, together with appropriate professional experience.

Course modules

Modules include: Research methods; handwriting analysis and signature comparisons; typescript and printing methods; the expert witness in the legal process; laboratory management and quality assurance; document investigation; MSc research project.

Assessment methods

Modules will be assessed through: theory and practical examinations; coursework; essays; moot courts; presentations; and a dissertation; students will be required to examine documents and equipment; produce case notes and reports.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 9,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

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