CPD Forensic Bioscience

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits

Start dates


Course length

18 weeks

Course cost

Total cost: £760


Mt Pleasant campus

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175


Course aim

The aims of this module are to allow students to critically appraise the use and analysis of biological material within a forensic context, demonstrating an understanding of the importance and limitations of such analysis.

You should be able to perform a wide range of laboratory investigations pertinent to this area of study and interpret the results in a timely and appropriate fashion. Additionally, you should be able to review current literature in the area and discuss the limitations of a range of case studies, suggesting newer and/ or more appropriate methods of investigation.

Course content

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Apply and adapt problem solving skills to unfamiliar and complex situations relevant to forensic bioscience
  • Critically evaluate established and developing techniques in forensic bioscience
  • Record, Interpret and Evaluate biological data in a manner appropriate for forensic science

Teaching and learning

Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module.  Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.

This course consists of:

  • 7 sessions run over a 18 week period
  • 21 taught hours
  • 200 learning hours

Entry requirements

  • First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
  • Open to recruitment for Police Officer, Police Staff or other law enforcement agencies


This course is assessed by two assignments, each weighted equally, which will include a seminar (oral presentation) on a topic to be agreed with the module leader and a portfolio of work based on the practical elements completed in class.

The portfolio must be detailed, show the data and any relevant workings from which you have made your conclusions and show a critical analysis of the techniques and results obtained. One of the workshop sessions will cover this in more detail and further information and suggested topics will be made available.

CPD award

This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.

Further information

Further information is available in our Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies CPD brochure

Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
80-98 Mount Pleasant 
L3 5UZ

Admissions enquiries:
T: 0151 231 5175
E: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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