Introductory Forensic Science 1

Module code: CH1208

Over 6 million crimes took place in the UK in the year up to June 2018 (excluding fraud and cybercrimes). Some of these are very difficult to solve. There may be no witnesses, little evidence, the perpetrator may not come forward or confess, and it's unlikely that there's anyone holding a smoking gun.

That's where forensic science and chemistry come in. It's the application of science to criminal and civil procedures, and it's a crucial tool in most major criminal investigations. Procedures such as fingerprint analysis, toxicology, ballistics and DNA profiling - discovered right here at Leicester by Alec Jeffreys in 1984 - have led to the capture, conviction and exoneration of millions of accused around the world. This module will introduce you to some of the basic principles of forensic science.

You'll look at the historical development of forensic chemistry, its relation to analytical techniques and the organisational and accreditation standards surrounding it. You'll learn how to effectively manage and record a crime scene, including the correct methods of collecting and storing evidence. Plus, you'll learn how to present evidence concisely and coherently; vital when communicating with police, solicitors or in a courtroom setting.


  • 25 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 117 hours of guided independent study


  • Coursework (100%)