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Forensic Science

Forensic Science

Forensic Science applies science to criminal and civil laws during criminal investigation. By the end of this course, you will be able to interpret forensic evidence and you will have covered a wide range of related topics to the field. This course is for those who want to be empowered to think more widely about the value that forensic science can add to our society and potentially go on to further study and/or a career in forensic science.

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Course Summary

Forensic Science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly during criminal investigations. During this two-week course, students will uncover the origin and history of Forensic Science and how it is applied in the present day. The course will introduce a wide range of theoretical and practical knowledge to cover the topics of chemical analysis, toxicology, DNA profiling, and estimating the time of death. After building a solid foundation, students will then go on to learn how forensic methods and their findings can influence the law by looking at expert witness testimonies.

The teaching on this course will involve a mix of lecture-based and interactive learning, and students will have the opportunity to undertake practical exercises on fingerprinting and crime scene analysis.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Forensic Science Summer Course?

By the end of the two-week Forensic Science course, your reflective writing and group work skills will have improved due to completing written and oral assessments. You will also be able to interpret forensic evidence and have an understanding of the current limitations and applications of forensic science. This course will not only equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you progress in your further studies and career, but that it will also empower you to think more widely about the value that forensic science brings to our society.


Expectations and Pre-requisites

No specific experience or skills are expected of students wishing to participate in this course, although a strong command of the English language is vital. We ask students to bring a laptop with them. If any additional course-specific equipment or software is needed, you will be notified in advance.


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Further Information

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