Taught course

Document Analysis

Institution
University of Central Lancashire · School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course are that a student must hold one of the following qualifications: Honours degree at 2.2 or above from a UK university or of the CNAA or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline (forensic science, biology, chemistry etc); Degree or HNC or HND in an appropriate discipline, together with appropriate professional experience qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to any of the above.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course is designed to enable graduate students and forensic practitioners to understand and develop the theoretical knowledge underpinning all aspects of forensic document examination. Modules on the course include the scientific analysis of handwriting and signatures in a forensic context. It provides intensive training and practical experience in the examination of printing equipment, typewriters, photocopiers and the identification of forged or counterfeit documents. Students will be trained in a number of forensic techniques using highly specialised apparatus, such as the visual spectral comparator, comparison microscope, the Electrostatic Detection Apparatus technique and Raman Spectrometer.

Modules are assessed through theoretical and practical examinations as well as coursework. Assessments include the examination of suspect documents and pieces of equipment from simulated cases and the production of formal casenotes and expert reports, as well as essays, mock courtroom trials, group and individual presentations and a dissertation. Students graduating from this course will be well placed to gain employment in forensic science laboratories, police investigation teams, fraud departments in major government or private organisations, or to go on to further research in academia.

Students will study the principles underpinning the scientific analysis of handwriting and signatures together with the considerations involved when carrying out forensic casework. This course will also provide practical experience in the examination of printing equipment, typewriters, photocopiers and the identification of forged or counterfeit documents. Students will be trained in a number of analytical techniques using highly specialised apparatus, such as the use of the video spectral comparator, a comparison microscope, ESDA (Electrostatic Detection Apparatus) and a Raman Spectrometer. In addition, the course will provide students will the opportunity to develop a large number of transferable skills.

Students graduating from this course will be well placed to gain employment in forensic science laboratories, police investigation teams and fraud departments in major government or private organisations, or to go on to further research in academia at doctoral level.

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation33 (10000 words)
Simulated casework assessments27

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1772 892400