New crime writing course with a forensic twist to launch in Dundee

A new course that combines crime writing with forensic science will be officially launched at the University of Dundee this month.

The MLitt in Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation course will start in September and is designed for anyone who has always wanted to write a crime novel. Experts from the School of Humanities and the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) will come together to share their expertise and guide students through key aspects of crime, science and the law.

This programme is unique to the UK and will provide students with modules in creative writing, the history of forensic science and the inner workings of a crime investigation.

Lecturer Dr Aliki Varvogli said, “This is a course like no other. Students with a passion for all kinds of crime writing will benefit from the world-leading expertise of our colleagues in forensic science, while they will also learn about the history of policing and forensic technologies.

“The crime genre is becoming more accepted as serious literature by critics and the most borrowed books from libraries are crime novels.  

“This course is for anyone who has ever wanted to write a crime novel. If I wasn't teaching on it, I'd like to take it myself.”

Professor Tracy Wilkinson from CAHID said, “We're really looking forward to working with our colleagues in Humanities to offer this exciting new programme, which combines the expertise in creative writing and forensic science at our university.”

There will be a launch event on Wednesday, 14th June at the Dalhousie Building at 9:45am. As well as introducing the new course, the event also welcomes Professor Ian Burney from the University of Manchester to talk about his recent book 'Murder and the Making of English CSI'.

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