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Forensic Science

Forensic Science

Uncover the fundamental concepts and topics of Forensic Science, and look to the future by studying emerging confirming laboratory techniques. This course will empower you to think about the value of Forensic Science in our society, supporting your journey to further studies or a future career in the field.

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Course Summary

Forensic Science will introduce students to the fundamental concepts underpinning the field. The topics of chemical analysis, toxicology, crime scene investigation, DNA profiling and blood pattern analysis will be studied. This will then lead to exploring the future of modern Forensic Science, by studying emerging confirmatory laboratory techniques and critiquing the use of trace evidence. In addition, students will be introduced to the theory of forensic jurisprudence, and will be asked to put it into practice by presenting their own expert witness testimony.

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

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Forensic Science?

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


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)

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Forensic Science is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

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