As globalisation increases and people, money and goods circulate around the world with ever increasing frequency, there is the growing tendency of criminal activities to have an extended reach. The situation around crime, and the high impact of terrorist activities in modern societies, has created a need within the International Community to dedicate resources and initiatives to prevent the new breed of sophisticated crimes.
Three international partners have joined together to deliver the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Forensic Science. The programme trains and educates future forensic scientists, with the aim of creating a body of trained professionals who can join in with national and international strategies to combat crime and protect communities around.
The Erasmus Mundus Masters in Forensic Science is a two year programme spent over three countries, providing the opportunity for a truly international educational experience. The only current Erasmus Mundus Masters in Forensic Science programme offered by the European Commission, the programme will:
1) Deliver in a multidisciplinary context: science graduates will be taught by a wide variety of specialists in the main areas of analytical chemistry, legal medicine, botany, pharmacy, entomology, anthropology and molecular biology. Professional organisations and practitioners will also participate with seminars and/or visits.
2) Transfer knowledge: the mobility scheme of the programme will enable students to appreciate the different procedures used in each country through a combination of Universities, professional organisations and companies involved. Students will be equipped to apply this knowledge in their future professional activity.
3) Train in professional skills: students will be trained in good forensic practice from the laboratory to Court. This will incorporate general forensic principles, operating within the context of legal considerations and the role of the expert witness and presentation of evidence.
4) Promote research: research will be fully integrated in to the programme through case studies and research carried out in a European forensic science context. Students will carry out their own research projects and be integrated into the research culture of the different institutions.