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The Science Behind Forensic Science

  • Categories Law
  • Duration 11h
  • Total Enrolled 8
  • Last Update June 7, 2024

About Course

King's College London


Discover the biology and chemistry behind forensic science

How does forensic science really work? How are scientific principles applied in crime scenes? Answer these questions and more with this course from the team who teach the longest-running forensic science programme of its type in England.

On the course you will get an introduction to the chemistry and biology of forensic science. You will examine the methods used in forensic science and learn about how these technique are used in crime scenes and explained in the court room.

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Who will you learn with?

Kim Wolff

Kim’s area of expertise is biomarkers of substance misuse and investigating the detection of drugs in different matrices. She has been particularly involved in drug-driving research in this regard.


David Ballard

David Ballard is a researcher in forensic genetics and the senior scientist within the ISO17025 accredited DNA analysis at King’s unit. Dr Ballard has over 15 years’ experience in forensics.


Denise Syndercombe Court

A professor of forensic genetics and expert witness with over 25 years’ experience in criminal justice leading a research group, supervising PhD students and running an ISO17025 MoJ laboratory.


Gabriella Mason-Buck

Gabriella is a Forensic Scientist in the ISO17025 accredited DNA analysis at King’s laboratory and is carrying out a PhD in Forensic Metagenomics.



Who developed the course?

King's College London logo

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

What Will I Learn?

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how a crime scene is evaluated and some of the analytical techniques required for an analysis of the evidence.
  • Apply the chemistry knowledge acquired to approach the learning and understanding of more sophisticated techniques used in forensic science
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the genome that enables them to comprehend forensic DNA analysis
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of strengths and limitations of an adversarial judicial system in giving forensic evidence

Topics for this course

13 Lessons11h

Crime Scene Management?

This activity will introduce the case that you'll be following over the next four weeks. We'll start by looking at good crime scene management, including taking forensic notes, and strategies for managing a crime scene.
A gruesome discovery00:01:00
The first case00:05:01
How to take good forensic notes
Crime scene strategy
What do you think?

Crime Scene Search and Evidence Recovery?

In this activity we'll look at the crime scene itself: how to secure the scene, how to search for and secure evidence, and to finish off we'll ask you what you think, based on what you're learnt so far.


To finish the course, you'll return to the station to see Gihan, and summarise what we have learnt about the case.

Student Feedback


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The reason I signed up for this course was to learn and find out more about forensic science and so far I'm happy with the content given.

A proper introduction is very important. People tend to make their own conclusions about science or any other field that are far away from the intended idea of that particular field.

Very stimulating and very interesting i think it reshaped a bit what i would like to do in my life opening a bunch of new possibilities!

All major topics in Forensic Sciences covered and addressed well.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for anyone interested in discovering more about forensic science. It will be especially useful if you’re thinking of studying forensic science in the future or if you work in a field related to forensic science (for example law or the police force) and want to find out more.