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CSI & Criminology Diploma

'An intense ... fascinating course ... well -delivered' .  

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CSI & Criminology Course Overview

The Diploma in CSI & Criminology provides you with a comprehensive insight into the process of crime scene investigation and the study of criminology. It is a fascinating course that is divided into the study of Crime Scene Investigation which involves the processing of crimes and the study of criminal law, Criminology. CMI is the first educational institute in Ireland to offer an Advanced Diploma in CSI and Forensic Science  which is endorsed by the world reknown Chartered Society of Forensic Science .

Areas covered include Crime Detection and investigation, forensic investigation techniques, forensic science and DNA, profiling and the criminal justice system. Two key areas are delivered by two highly qualified distinguished lecturers who specialise in the areas of ; Criminology, Crime Scene Investigation.  On the lecturing team is a Barrister attached to the Criminal Courts and the Head of a Crime scene unit for An Garda Siochana.

The newest feature of this course is Live Online classes. They allows you to interact and ask questions while listening to your lecturer deliver their class live online. If you are unable to make the session while it's live you can playback the recording anytime that is convenient to you as all live classes are recorded for revision and playback purposes. They are available for both classroom and distance students.  


CSI Criminology Course Aims

The Criminology part of the course examines the Criminal Justice system, criminal courts, offences against the person, criminal law and various types of crimes.


The Forensic Investigation part of the course examines the traces left behind from crime scenes and the clues and evidence which can be examined. This is a fascinating area and looks at fingerprints, blood samples, the role of DNA, photographic evidence, firearms and residue.

Crime Scene Investigation - Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to: 

1.  Understand Forensic Science and identify physical evidence of a crime such as Blood, fibres, fingerprints
2. Learn the steps involved in Crime Scene examination and recovery of trace evidence
3. Identify impressions as Evidence: Toolmarks, Footwear, Firearms and Fingerprints.
4. Identification of Body fluids, Confirmatory tests, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA)
5. Explore DNA sampling and DNA profiling 
6. Outline examination of Questioned Documents
7. Forensic Pathology and Human Identification; Death of victims
8. CSI Kits and their application


Criminology  - Learning Outcomes

1.  Learn the definitions of a crime, criminology and what does it involve, role of criminologist.
2.  Understand penology and different theories of criminology 
3.  Outline the structure of the Criminal Justice System
4.  Understand the link between drug use and crime
5.  Examine sentencing and imprisonment
6.  Study of Gender and Crime; Feminist criminologist theory; Strain, Control and Biological theory 
7.  Methods of recording crime, CSO and Media Statistics
8.  The Criminal Justice Act 1984 and The Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996
9.  Modern day phenomenon of white collar crime




Many Former graduates have progressed on to the Advanced Diploma in CSI and Forensic Science which is endorsed by the world reknowned Chartered Forensic Science Society. Many have progressed from there on to work in An Garda Siochana, Police Service of Northern Ireland and Metropoliton Police in the UK. Some have been appointed to roles in the Welfare Service, Forensic Science Laboratories, Psychologists/Counsellors, Youth Offender workers and as civilian crime scene investigators in UK and USA. Others have decided to pursue further study and after completing the Advanced Diploma in CSI and Forensic Science have pursued Degrees in Law, Social work, Biological Sciences, Sociology.


1st Award: CSI & Criminology Diploma - CMI 
Award Body:  CMI  

2nd Award:  Criminology Level 5 Minor Award 5N2107 Further Education and Training (10Wks)
Award Body:  QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland


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