University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton

Forensic Mark Comparison

This course introduces students to a range of techniques used in the analysis of marks that originate in scenes of crime. Students explore, in depth, current methodologies in forensic mark comparison, by considering practical approaches, limitations and issues involved in the current methodologies. Students develop a scientific approach to investigating forensic mark comparison. They gain practical experience with practitioner experts at their place of work. The collaborators include the West Midlands Police, a major UK Police Force, and Orchid Cellmark, an established Forensic Science provider. Students can undertake their research project either at the University or within a variety of specialist practitioner centres within the EU.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold at good Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a subject appropriate to the course. Such courses could include any of the sciences as well as engineering, mathematics or computing graduates. Consideration is given to those who are already experienced practitioners in a field of forensic mark comparison, but who lack formal qualifications that would be the normal entry requirement. Applicants whose 1st language is not English speakers should be looking at IELTS score with a minimum value of 6.5. Applicants are checked through police vetting procedures due to the sensitive nature of this work placed environment.

Course modules

Modules include: introduction to forensic mark comparison; footwear and handwriting comparison; fingerprint and CCTV comparison; ammunition and tool marks analysis; research methods; computational approaches to forensic image processing and comparison; research project.

Assessment methods

Research project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,900 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,800 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 12,200 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 9,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Wolverhampton WV1 1SB West Midlands

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