Science Centre Atrium
The Criminalistics Methods Lab contains professional equipment from the likes of Nikon, Thermo-Nicolet, and Foster and Freeman that will help develop your expertise in the major areas of non-destructive analysis of physical evidence taken from crime scenes.
The laboratory holds a full range of equipment to visualise, record and compare latent fingerprints, as well as infra-red and Raman spectroscopy equipment which can be used for the identification and testing of illicit substances or paint. Filtered Light Analysis instruments are used for ink comparison or validation of questioned evidential documents and you will also undertake tool-mark and footwear analysis. In addition you will use high power microscopes, complete with video cameras and warming stages, to record and compare samples of glass from a range of crime scenes.
Within the environmental laboratory you will find the facilities required to undertake various analyses in forensics and biology. Microscopy is a linchpin technique that is fundamental to elements of hair and fibre analysis, trace evidence analysis and microplastics research.
Find yourself within a research environment from day one! This laboratory is regularly used by our Forensic Fibres and Microplastics Research Group, who work at the interface of forensic science and data science to tackle the real-world problem of marine pollution.
Our Electron Microscope is one of the most technically advanced facilities at the University, and is of professional standard, ensuring that you are prepared for practical work right from graduation.
Our Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis provides visualisation at high magnification and can provide an elemental profile of a specimen. Used in a variety of fields including biology, chemistry, forensics and engineering, the microscope allows you to produce images for investigation, publication and research.
Whether you’re studying elements of Forensic Science or Biosciences, the Analytical Methods Laboratory will be one of the most important areas of the University that you will use.
Here, we have professional standard analytical equipment that will provide you with experience in the analysis of chemicals, liquids, gas and much more. Our high tech equipment can be found in commercial laboratories across the world, and includes liquid and gas chromatographs, mass spectrometers, a superb liquid chromatograph with time of flight mass spectrometer, flame photometers and atomic absorption spectroscopy equipment, all backed up with the computing power and software to measure and control analysis techniques effectively.
Get to grips with equipment ranging from Genetic Analysers, a full range of physiological measurement equipment in the Human Physiology Suite, state-of-the-art analytical equipment, and access to human cell lines in the cell culture room. Specialist work in our insectary and greenhouses are also catered for. Our adjacent Forensic Biology labs house a Trauma Simulation Suite and Skeletal Collection, and our Nature Reserve acts as an outdoor lab for the more environmental areas of study. What’s more, all of our rooms within the Bioscience lab are equipped with video screen technology and prep zones to promote safety and professionalism within the lab environments too.