Forensics course explores how science helps police to solve crimes

A popular free course offered by our University showcasing how police use forensic science to solve crimes will be running for its fourth time starting from 3 October 2016.

The course, ‘Forensic Science and Criminal Justice’, offered by the University of Leicester in partnership with FutureLearn, provides people with the chance to learn directly from professional criminologists.

The course is taught by Drs Lisa Smith and John Bond OBE from the Department of Criminology and focuses on advances such as DNA profiling in cases involving the identification of perpetrators and the exoneration of innocent people, examining how the criminal justice system is changing.

The course will start on Monday 3 October 2016 and will last for six weeks. It will entail around two hours of study per week. 

The course features a mix of video lectures, audio podcasts, articles, and open discussions and has been designed to encourage both independent learning as well as collaborative activities.

The course content is also supported by a supplementary text book entitled ‘Criminal Justice and Forensic Science: A Multidisciplinary Introduction’ which has been published by the lead academics.

‘Forensic Science and Criminal Justice’ is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), an online course that is free and open to all. This is the fourth time this course has been offered by the University. Other MOOCs offered by the University of Leicester include ‘Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum’ and ‘England in the Time of Richard III’.