Forensic Ballistics MSc

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive insight of the field of firearms, ammunition and ballistic investigations. The MSc in Forensic Ballistics course usually has around 10-15 students per year. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds, usually with a science or forensic science first degree. Many students come from abroad, especially Europe, Africa and North America. The Forensic Ballistics course is part of the MSc Forensic Programme and is highly practical and hands-on, aiming to produce a clear understanding of how firearms and ammunition function, the science of ballistics, the role of the forensic firearms examiner and how the forensic evidence produced in gun crime can be used to help resolve issues in relation to criminal and civil law.

Course syllabus:

  1. Courtroom Skills

  2. Firearms Investigations

  3. Forensic Ballistic Investigations

  4. Introduction to Shock and Impact

  5. Investigation and Evidence Collection

  6. Reasoning for Forensic Science

  7. Research Project

  8. Introductory Studies

  9. Ballistic Impact and Protection

  10. Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Capability

  11. Fakes and Forgeries

  12. Fires, Explosions and their Investigation

  13. Forensic Archaeology: Recovering Buried Remains

  14. Forensic Exploitation and Intelligence

  15. Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices

  16. Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology: Osteology

  17. Hazardous Forensics

  18. International Heritage Crime