Taught course

Forensic Mark Comparison in collaboration with West Midlands Police

University of Wolverhampton · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

You will be expected to hold at good upper second-class honours degree in a subject appropriate to the course. Such courses could include any of the sciences as well as engineering, mathematics or computing graduates. Consideration will be given to those who are already experienced practitioners in a field of forensic mark comparison, but who lack formal qualifications that would be the normal entry requirement. Non-native English speakers should be looking at IELTS score with a minimum value of 6.5. Applicants will have to be checked through police vetting procedures due to the sensitive nature of this work placed environment.

Months of entry


Course content

Providing an integrated approach to the examination of marks and images this award intends to concentrate on such diverse areas as footwear, fingerprints, CCTV, toolmarks, handwriting, and ballistic comparison. This unique award will enable you to see similarities, coherence and merits of the approaches taken by practitioners in their respective fields.

This course aims to introduce you to a range of techniques used in the analysis of marks that originate in scenes of crime. You will explore, in depth, current methodology in forensic mark comparison, by considering practical approaches, limitations and issues involved in the current methods. You will develop a scientific approach to investigating forensic mark comparison.

This course is intended for recent graduates wishing to embark on a career in this exciting area within forensic science as well as forensic science mark practitioners who are looking to broaden the scope of their expertise.

Key points

  • The course is the only one of its kind in the world.
  • You will gain practical experience with practitioner experts at their place of work
  • The collaborators include the West Midlands Police, a major UK Police Force, and Orchid Cellmark, an established Forensic Science provider.
  • You can undertake your research project either at the University or within a variety of specialist practitioner centres within the EU

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5. Visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Please see below for contact details
0800 953 3222