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Forensic Science

BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences and Criminal Investigation

This programme has been specifically designed for young talents who aim to work in the Forensic Sciences field (Criminalistics) and, more generally, as Forensic Investigations Experts.

Forensic Sciences are traditionally described as the application of scientific methodologies and technologies to criminal investigations. However, over the past two decades, the field of forensic science has become key in matters of civil law, insurance companies and private businesses. This has led to the search for qualified professionals capable of bringing necessary knowledge, skills and competences to the table in order to carry out a forensic investigation, even in circumstances with no criminal relevance.

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COURSE MAIN INFORMATION

Area: Forensic Science
Duration: full-time 3-year undergraduate programme
Final qualification: European Qualification Framework Level 6
Accreditation: Malta Further and Higher Education Authority
Category: Higher Education Programme
Credits: 180 ECTS; 60 ECTS per academic year
Delivery Method: Virtual Classroom and real-life laboratory
Hours: 1200 hours of teaching
Attendance: 90% compulsory for each module (theory and laboratory if applicable)
Laboratory sessions: in presence at our lab
Written Assessments: in presence, right after Lab sessions
Language of instruction: English or Italian
Academic year: starts every Autumn

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Teaching Method

THEORY LESSONS
Live Virtual Classroom with lecturer on our Digital Campus (MS Teams), attendance is compulsory.

FACE-TO-FACE CLASSROOMS AND LABORATORY SESSIONS
Students are required to travel to Malta and attend mandatory laboratory sessions (about two weeks each Term) at our laboratory at the Malta Life Sciences Park.

EXAMS AND RESITS
In presence at our laboratory at the Malta Life Sciences Park.

PRACTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE
150 hours of work experience

FINAL DISSERTATION
Online presentation and submission

OPTIONAL SEMINARS
Theory and/or practical workshops and job-oriented trainings are available in presence in Milan at our Italian partner ISF College Corporate University (only in Italian). Students are also encouraged to join student events organised by the UK Chartered Society of Forensic Science.

Application Based Teaching

Teaching at the European Forensic Institute reflects practical demands of the profession. The ultimate goal is to bring the student to a level where they are able to apply what they’ve learnt during the programme, which focuses on what is needed professionally and applied during intensive laboratory sessions.

Job-oriented learning

Being a student at the European Forensic Institute means acquiring knowledge, skills and competences directly from the source. From forensic practitioners that work on a day-to-day basis as experts in the field they teach. In fact, our lecturers are working forensic consultants or researchers, giving student the unique opportunity to interact with lecturers both professionally as well as academically. In other words, being a student at the European Forensic Institute means “learning about a job in the job market”.

Career paths

The BSc (Hons) in Forensic Sciences and Criminal Investigation trains future experts that will be able to carry out their activities in the following fields:

Judiciary (criminal and civil proceedings)
Investigative (judicial police and private investigations)
Insurance sectors (investigators, loss adjustors)
Journalism (investigative journalism, scientific content creator, copywriter)
Private businesses (internal controls, fraud prevention, IT security)
Laboratory research (testing, investigative)
IT (internal controls, process flows, security)

Graduates can expect to work for private investigation practices, law firms, research laboratories, forensic investigation practices, insurance companies, banks, private companies and other business or institutions that require a highly trained professional in scientific and technical investigation, safety and prevention.

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ACCREDITATION

The European Forensic Institute is a prestigious Higher Education Institution based in Malta with a competitive educational offer in the fields of Forensic Sciences, Criminology, and Investigative Sciences. Our programmes are aligned to the European Qualification Framework, allowing for global recognition to pursue a career and further education in these sectors and are accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority.

All our BSc programmes are accredited by the MFHEA.

ASSOCIATION AND MEMBERSHIP

All undergraduate and postgraduate students at EFI will be registered as student members of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in the UK.

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