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Forensic science is a dynamic discipline that is increasingly providing solutions to many of the problems faced in the detection and countering of crime and terrorism. However, forensic science is currently in a precarious state because it lacks an articulated philosophical and conceptual framework necessary to establish itself as a full credible academic discipline with strong intellectual foundations. It is crucial to address this issue by undertaking a coherent, robust and excellent multidisciplinary research programme in the forensic sciences, fundamental to underpinning its growth and development.
What is forensic science?
Forensic science is a broad term that covers all areas of science pertaining to the law. The forensic science discipline is inherently multidisciplinary and applied in nature, and addresses all aspects of the forensic science process: collection of evidence; analysis; interpretation; presentation. It therefore has a very wide remit and incorporates many fields of research, which traditionally may or may not have been considered to be forensic science.
The UCL JDI Centre for the Forensic Sciences brings together a wealth of existing expertise relating to the forensic sciences and aims to:
- Act as a hub to connect the diverse range of individuals (within UCL and externally) investing in forensic science;
- Facilitate collaboration and stimulate intellectual activity and debate across a wide range of disciplines;
- Identify new areas of forensic science research and facilitate timely and novel research projects;
- Enhance the academic, public and policy impact of research and expertise on the forensic sciences nationally and internationally;
- Offer professional development courses and facilitate postgraduate research projects;
- Develop and offer a new and unique taught MSc programme in Crime and Forensic Science.
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