MSU Colombo Learning Centre


 

Bachelor in Forensic Science (Hons)


Introduction
“If the law has made you a witness, remain a man of science. You have no victim to avenge, no guilty or innocent person to convict or save – you must bear testimony within the limits of science.”
– Dr. P.C.H. Brouardel 19th Century French Medico-legalist

The Bachelor in Forensic Science (Hons) programme here in Management & Science University is specially designed to provide not only knowledge but also skills in the understanding of scientific analyses, laboratory skills and application. Graduates will gain hands-on experience of the various common analytical techniques used in the course of investigating a crime. Learning will be in the form of lectures, small-group tutorials and laboratory sessions as well as a substantial research-based project. Graduates are also expected to carry out their own “independent learning” by reviewing notes, completing projects and assignments as well as revising for assessments.

Core Subject Description

Physical Evidence Analysis
This course will familiarize students with the basic principles and uses of forensic science in the criminal justice system. Forensic science is the study and application of science to the processes of law and involves the collection, examination, evaluation and interpretation of evidence. Students should gain an understanding of the application of findings from different types of evidence in the criminal justice system.

Criminal Law
In this course, students will study substantive criminal law – that is, how specific crimes are defined and what defences may be raised to negate responsibility. Students will read cases which will highlight some of the difficult questions and ambiguity inherent in applying the law to the facts of the case.

Forensic Dna Profiling
From this course students will learn about the biology, technology and genetic interpretation of short tandem repeat markers, which makes up of the most common forensic DNA analysis methods used today.

Forensic Anthropology
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of forensic anthropology, an applied field within the larger discipline of biological anthropology that uses human osteology, archaeology, and other anthropological research methods to solve problems of medicolegal significance, primarily the determination of personal identity and cause of death from human remains.

Forensic Toxicology
This course is designed to give a full understanding on forensic toxicology. Topics to be included are the anxiolytic, sedative and hypnotic agents, central nervous system stimulants, pesticides and narcotics. The course will also focus on analgesics, environmental toxicology, alcohol and solvents.

Document Analysis
This course is part of forensic science that requires a good understanding about the procdure and the analytical methods for comparing questioned handwriting and signatures as well as printed documents as performed by a forensic document examiner.

Crime Scene Investigation
This course examines the fundamental theories of physical evidence, legal issues and the proper managements of the collection and preservation of evidence. Topics covered include awareness of evidence; managing the crime scene; diagramming and sketching; collection of fingerprints, trace evidence, impressions, firearms, arson and explosive debris to name a few; as well as safety at a crime scene.

Analytical Chemistry
This course will detail the various principles and laws of analytical methods in chemistry fields such as titration, gravimetry, chromatography, electrochemistry, thermal analysis, solvent extraction, radiochemical methods as well as flow injection analysis.

Forensic Medicine
This course focuses on analyses of systems and methods of determining time, cause and means of death in criminal investigations and trials based on forensic medical theory. Subjects covered include medicolegal death investigation, death scene investigation and forensic autopsy. Expert testimony and QA/QC procedures are also featured.

Fee Structure
For information on fees, please contact the university

Duration Of Programmes
Two year in MSU- Colombo and One year in MSU- Malaysia ( Full Time)

Annual Intakes
Refer to University

Admission Requirements
A Levels = 3 passes (grade C and above) in 3 subjects
Diploma programme or Foundation programme with Minimum, CGPA 2.50

For a detailed breakdown of the entry requirement, please liaise with the Counselling & Communications department or email your queries to enquiry@msu.edu.lk

The above information is accurate at the time of printing. However MSU reserves the right to make changes where required without notice.

    a) Total tuition fees charged is based on credit hour taken for each semester

    b) Full payment of tuition fee must be made on the Registration Day Or Prior To The Commencement of the semester

    c) Fees are charged on per semester basis and are based on credit hours taken by the respective students. Please contact the Counselling & Communications department on fees and other payments details

    d) Tuition fees inclusive of taxes

    Registration fees must be paid on the registration day
    Registration fees paid are not refundable