MSc Audio and Video Forensics (PgCert, PgDip)

Start date(s)

September 2021

January 2022

Study mode

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (total cost): £10,200



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About this course

This bespoke programme prepares current and future media practitioners for work within Audio and Video Forensics utilising state-of-the-art methods and technology.

  • If you want to apply your experience, knowledge and training to develop audio-visual skills to the standards required to help fight crime in the digital age, this is the course for you.
  • The course will help you apply and translate your current allied skills qualifications and experience to enhance your employability in the new emerging industries of Audio and Video Forensics.
  • This bespoke course has been specially developed and designed in partnership with Merseyside Police and to help all current and future Digital Media practitioners meet the exacting standards of the justice industry. By using the same tools, techniques and best practice developed in the field and by incorporating all the legal standards and guidelines that govern the use of the various forms of digital media as evidence in investigation processes, the course is specifically designed to help current and future practitioners drive forward the quality and impact of their work in the field.
  • On completion of the course, you will emerge well prepared to develop your career in these areas of study.
  • PgDip (18 months) and PgCert (9 months) awards are also available. 2021/22 fees are £9000 and £4500 respectively. 


 

The Audio and Video Forensics Masters is ideal for those who have a strong interest in or are a current serving practitioner in 
Audio and video processing
Signal processing
Modern CSI techniques
Media forensics investigation 
Evidence analysis. 
The processes and techniques taught across this multi-level award part-time course are fully integrated and complimentary and have been developed in partnership with Merseyside Police. The modules are specifically designed to help you convert your current related qualifications and/or skills into high value specialisms that can serve the many industries that now require qualified informed audio and video forensic expertise.
The Audio and Video ( A/V) Forensics modules equip you for developing or enhancing your career working with / for the police. However, as a modern digital forensic provider  you will, thanks to the Forensic Standards module, equip yourself with skills and knowledge that are equally applicable for work with the new professional private investigative services operating in this ever-expanding industry. 
Each module in the course is specifically designed to build and broaden the skillset you may have already built up in your current role or developed in allied areas of study to the professional disciplines of A/V Forensics.
After completion of this course, you will not only be suitably equipped to operate within the proposed ISO frameworks of Modern Digital Forensic Services but fully prepared to utilise their skills for enhanced employability in specialist areas of the modern justice industry.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Audio Forensics

This module will provide students with a thorough understanding of the relevant theory, skills, processes and procedures pertinent to their current /potential role as an Audio Technician and prepare them for a career as an Audio Forensic Specialist. The focus will be on many common real-life situations although there may be scope to further specialise in specific areas of the field.

CCTV and Video Forensics

This module will provide students with a thorough understanding of the relevant theory, skills, processes and procedures pertinent to their potential role as a CCTV Video Forensic Specialist. The focus will be on many common real-life situations although there may be scope to further specialise in specific areas of the field.

Forensic Standards, Regulations and Procedures

The module complements the technical and practical competencies of the other modules on the programme by providing the student with knowledge and understanding of the rules, regulations, standards and responsibilities of practitioners in the delivery of Audio and Video evidence in support of investigations.

Media Formats

In 150 years or so of recorded media there has been a plethora of ingenious ways of recording and storing Sound and Vision. Each decade brought its own advances in methodology and techniques. Consequently, new technologies for recording, storage and playback needed to be developed, perfected, marketed and accepted. This module introduces the student to many of the formats that have been used to store and distribute media and explains the ways modern digital techniques can transfer, store, preserve and interrogate their often-unique content to the very highest standards.

Research Skills

This module is important as it sets the groundwork for the completion of the MSc project. The module provides grounding in the skill required to formulate a project plan, design experiments, mitigate against uncertainties and deliver a comprehensive description of the results.

Advanced Audio Forensics

This module builds on the Basic introductory knowledge accumulated in previous modules and will provide students with a thorough understanding of the advanced practical theory, skills, processes and procedures pertinent to their current /potential role as Audio Forensic Specialist. The focus will be on many common real-life situations although there may be scope to further specialise in specific areas of the field. The Syllabus involves applying the Audio Forensic process chain appropriately with a keen awareness of the risks and implications associated with the standards and processes required for each procedure. The training is completed to a level of competence where the student is able to defend materials in court.

Advanced Video Forensics

This module builds on the Basic introductory knowledge accumulated in previous modules and will provide students with a thorough understanding of the advanced practical theory, skills, processes and procedures pertinent to their current /potential role as Video Forensic Specialist. The focus will be on many common real-life situations although there may be scope to further specialise in specific areas of the field. The Syllabus involves applying the Video Forensic process chain appropriately with a keen awareness of the risks and implications associated with the standards and processes required for each procedure. The training is completed to a level of competence where the student is able to defend materials in court.

Artificial Intelligence Deepfakes and the Future

Artificial Intelligence is becoming a leading part of legitimate audio and video creation, as well as a significant player in forensic work. It is also being used for nonlegitimate purposes to produce fake and deepfake audio and video. This module will consider what constitutes Artificial Intelligence, and how it can be used for legal and illegal activities. Furthermore, time will be spent considering some of the advantages and disadvantages of utilising AI methodologies, and related ethical issues.

MSc Dissertation

This is a very important module that represents 600 hours of self-driven scholarly activity.

When considering a project, it would be appropriate to select/choose a project in a subject area strongly associated with the MSc programme and/or one of the taught modules. For most students, this really means using the project as a means to develop a particular subject specialism, one that is aligned with future career objectives.

Completion of the project module allows the student to concentrate fully on an area of work and hence develop a high level of subject knowledge and associated skills in that field.

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Teaching contact is approximately five hours per week in semester one and two. 

Self-study would bring the total study time to 20 hours per week.

Teaching within modules is normally through online sessions delivering core knowledge and underpinning theory which is reinforced by the use of tutorials and practice sessions. During the practice sessions, a student-centred approach is normally taken, aimed at encouraging students to “learn by doing”.

Learning is heavily focused on applied learning related to the work many of the intended applicants will do every day. The assessment philosophy is “learn by doing”.

Teaching within modules is normally through online sessions delivering core knowledge and underpinning theory which is reinforced by the use of tutorials and practice sessions. During the practice sessions, a student-centred approach is normally taken, aimed at encouraging students to “learn by doing”.

Learning is heavily focused on applied learning related to the work many of the intended applicants will do every day. The assessment philosophy is “learn by doing”.

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Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment is through practical activities and coursework.

Course tutors

Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson brings decades of professional audio and related media expertise, with 12 years hands-on teaching of Broadcasting, Acoustics, Audio Restoration and Audio and Video Forensics to his role as programme leader to this new “one of a kind” MSc. Always looking for new and exciting ways to develop materials and methods to enhance the learning process, he has built an impressive portfolio of student focused education initiatives, counting Sir David Attenborough, Sir Ken Robinson, Steve Backshall and The BBC Listening Project amongst his high-profile collaborators. He now devotes his time to research and educating with the new exciting digital tools and disciplines that support forensic investigations.

“The opportunity to work with people who will be using their training with us to make such a positive impact on our lives is always an exciting prospect.  But knowing that the skills and disciplines being taught here will be helping support efficient and effective crime fighting is priceless”

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The specialist rooms include:
• Broadcast Studio (TV & Radio) (534)
• Studio Gallery (532)
• Media Computing Suite – MAC computers (5.29a)
• Radio Room (5.29b)
• Recording Studio (5.29c)
• Sound Booth (512)

The department has a range of subject specific software for audio and video editing & production, including:
• Amped5
• Amped Authenticate
• Izotope RX
• Adobe Suite
• ProTools
• Premiere Pro
• Logic



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Entry requirements

You will need:

A Class 2.2 honours degree or above in Video Production, Audio Video Technology, Sound Technology, or a related discipline.
or
A Class 2.2 honours degree or above in Forensic Science, or Mathematics or a physical science, together with experience in a relevant field.
or
A degree with industrial experience or relevant postgraduate experience.
or
Other qualifications or experience deemed to be equivalent to the above. In particular, mature students must provide evidence of adequate educational and/or industrial experience to assure a reasonable chance of success on the award programme.

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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