The UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences seeks to foster innovation in both the development of the academic discipline and the practice of the forensic sciences. Our academics are based in departments across UCL and in collaboration with the SECReT programme we support postgraduate research students from MRes through to completion of their PhDs. We welcome queries from prospective PhD applicants.
Our research explores two key areas:
Current research students
The Persistence of Trace Evidence on Fabrics and its Forensic Implications
Detection of Vapour Phase Precursors Relevant to Home Made Explosives
Investigating the Potential of Fragrance as a Suitable Form of Trace Evidence
Vapour Phase Detection of Explosives
Investigating Ways to Improve the Reliability of Methods to Assess the Post-Mortem Interval (PMI)
Investigating Cognitive Influences in Forensic Anthropology
Developing Methods to Determine the Post Mortem Submersion Interval and Drift Trajectory of Human Bodies in UK Waterways.
Investigating the Use of Gunshot Residue (GSR) as Trace Evidence
Biological impact of the aquatic environment on the decomposition dynamics of human corpses submerged in oceanic conditions subsequently to airplane crashes: a casework study for forensic applications.
Examining Diatom Traces to Determine their Potential for use as Evidence in Forensic Investigation
Inferential Reasoning in the Forensic Sciences: Improving the Interpretation of Evidence
Exploring the Application of 3D/CAD Imaging to the Investigation of Skeletal Trauma
Development of an Innovative Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Exploitation Tool