Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps


DBS Students  

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This Diploma introduces participants to the theory surrounding criminal investigative procedures. There is a particular focus on forensic science and criminal profiling. The programme is designed for those who wish to gain foundation knowledge in and an appreciation of crime scene investigation.

Programme Aims and Objectives

Upon completion of this programme students should have acquired the skills to:

  • Recognise the importance of evidence in crime scenes including the protection, collection and recording of evidence

  • Comprehend the methods and techniques explained in tracing crimes and criminals

  • Gain some insight into the mind of the serial killer

  • Understand the approach of CSI experts and what information can be deduced from different types of evidence.


To be awarded the Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation, students will be required to complete a case study assignment (100%).

Programme Content

Core Modules

Core Modules

Core Modules

General Crime Scene

This area of the programme
the student to the basic
investigative procedures carried out at any Crime Scene.Areas include:

Forensic expertise

History of Forensics

Forensics on TV, the reality?

Types of Crime Scenes and their characteristics

Basic equipment of a Crime Scene Investigator

Scene Recognition


Scene Documentation

Evidence Collection
Specialised Personnel
at the Crime Scene

First Officer

The Crime Scene Investigator

Forensic Scientists

Forensic photography



Document Examiner



History of fingerprints


Fingerprint patterns
and classifications

Techniques for taking
and reading prints

Automated fingerprint
identification methods

Voice identification

Forensic phonetics

Spectrography, Documents
and forgeries


Blood pattern analysis (BPA)

Types of spatters

Blood staining from gunshots

Reconstructing a crime scene

Blood typing

DNA and Sexual Assault

What is DNA

What DNA is made from and its structure

The Human genome

DNA profiling

Should Ireland have a DNA database

Paternity testing

Low copy DNA, the future?

Sexual assault

Rape kit

Trace and Impression Evidence


Tyre tracks

Tool marks

Locards principle

Analytical instruments






Murder Investigation

Causes and mechanism of death

Four manners of death

Murder or manslaughter

Forensic Pathology

Forensic Autopsy

Identifying a body

Skeletal remains

Estimating time of death

Types of wound and injuries

Firearms and Arson

Handguns, rifles and shotguns

Types of bullets

Calibre and gauge

Rifling and striations

Gunshot residue (GSR)

Why commit arson

How to start a fire




Criminal Psychology

Clinical versus forensic psychology

Testing a suspect

Recognising a liar

Eyewitnesses and false confessions

Defining insanity

Serial offenders

Offender profiling

Trophies, modus operandi and signature


Drugs and Toxicology

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, 1984

The Irish court system

Classification of drugs

Toxicology and poisons

Forensic toxicologist


Overview and Infamous Cases

OJ Simpson versus forensic science


The course is delivered in a series of informal lectures and debate on the topics is encouraged. Current high profile cases that may be before the courts are discussed. The course runs over a ten week duration, one evening per week.

Career Progression Opportunities

This programme is beneficial to anyone who is contemplating a career in forensic science or the wider criminal justice system.

Student Profile

Participants who have found this programme useful include barristers, solicitors, police enforcement, scientists, journalists, academics and people who have a general interest in the area.


The fee for this Diploma is €1,325.This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.  View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

  • Online Notes System (DBS Moodle) - is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.

  • DBS Library Aungier Street - the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 

  • DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  

  • DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 

  • Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 

  • Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-​9.30pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 1​0 weeks ​Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2018. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm