Crime Scene Investigation: Stage 1

Crime Scene Investigation: Stage 1

You will be taught by ex CSI’s and Managers with many years experience in all aspects of crime scene examination, come and be taught by the best! Our facilities are second to non; three crime scene houses, forensic warehouse with four vehicles for forensic examination, studio with state of the art photographic equipment. We were the first University in the country to employ ex practitioners in this field and use related facilities as described above.

During the course students will visit Lancashire Constabulary Forensic Laboratories to witness first hand how a working police forensic laboratory examines evidence. Dependant on availability it is hoped that students will be able to witness a post-mortem at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Students will have the chance to take part in a practical exercise in our Hydra Minerva Suite.

In devising this course we have attempted to include as much practical experience and use of our crime scene houses, forensic warehouse and laboratories as possible. As such, students will be expected to take full advantage and put into practice the procedures and techniques taught during lectures. Students will be expected to arrive at classes on time and take relevant notes. We have also included introductions to subjects not usually taught at this point such as counter terrorism and drug factories. We feel this is important as it will give the student an insight into subjects taught in more depth on our Stage 2 course. This course will be intensive but enjoyable and equip the student with all the necessary practical skills and knowledge to be more than capable of carrying out the role of Volume Crime Scene Investigator.

Entry and Admissions

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Full time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Five weeks


School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

27 August 2018

Entry Requirements:

  • Ability to respond to specific instruction
  • Professional approach​
  • Co-ordination and prioritisation skills
  • Mental agility
  • Practical dexterity
  • Observant, eye for detail

Course Content

Course Outline:
During week 1 you will be taught the theory of photography by attending lectures. You will then put that theory into practice in our crime scene houses, forensic warehouse and photographic studio. You will be instructed how to photograph various crime scenes under differing lighting conditions and how to record all the various evidence types. Lectures will include the use of ISO, depth of field, colour temperatures, filters, flash techniques, meters and histograms. The photography of footwear, fingerprints and tool marks, approach and recording of a crime scene. At the end of the week you will sit a theory test and a practical photography examination.

Week 2 will introduce you to the vagaries of crime scene recording, the use of the crime scene report and statement writing, again by attendance at lectures followed by practical classes where you will put theory into practice. You will also be introduced to the rudiments of searching and recovering evidence types including trace evidence and relevant packaging procedures.  Lectures will include the roles of various professionals involved in an investigation, note taking and statement writing, marks evidence and evidence recovery, trace evidence recognition and recovery.

During week 3 you will be introduced to the procedures used for searching and recovering fingerprints using a variety of techniques in our laboratory and at our crime scene houses. Lectures will include introductions to chemical treatments of fingerprints, fire scenes, the decomposition process and counter terrorism amongst others.

In week 4 you will be introduced to the forensic examination of vehicles using the four vehicles in our forensic warehouse. You will also be introduced to major crime scene examination, our Hydra Minerva Suite, practice giving evidence in our Moot Courtroom and possible attendance at a post mortem and a visit to Lancashire Constabulary Forensic Laboratories. Lectures will include subjects such as quality control, relevant ISO standards, DNA, unconscious bias, role of the expert/professional witness.

Week 5 was week devised so that students can practice all procedures and techniques taught over the past four weeks leading up to the final examinations at the end of the week. Lectures will include burglary crime scene examination and assault.  Assessments will take the form of a practical burglary crime scene examination, a practical vehicle crime scene assessment, a written examination and appearance at our Moot Courtroom where students will give evidence.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Lecture theatres, crime scene houses, forensic warehouse, criminalistics laboratory, photographic studio.

The course will be assessed by a written test, a practical assessment of a crime scene and recovery of relevant evidence.

Academic Expertise

All instructors are ex Crime Scene Investigators or CSI Managers with many years’ experience in examining/managing every type of crime scene from theft up to and including serial murder. All hold Master’s degrees in related subjects.

Learning outcome & aims

  • To foster the development of key academic, vocational and personal skills to prepare students for a career as a crime scene investigator.
  • To provide contextual knowledge of subjects underpinning forensic and investigative science in the area of crime scene investigation.
  • Through simulated experience of gathering evidence, to develop the practical skills necessary to contribute to a crime scene and scientific examination.        
  • To foster the development of the transferable and key skills required for further academic and vocational training and in employment, including communication and inter-personal skills.
  • To develop critical and analytical thought.

Industry links & professional accreditation

Nationwide Police Constabularies

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

Crime Scene Investigation: Stage 2

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

£5000 per student

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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