Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence


Université de Lausanne (UNIL)

Lieu de formation

A distance

Langue d'enseignement


Type de formation

Hautes écoles universitaires HEU - Formation continue: formations longues

Modalités temporelles

À temps partiel

Thèmes de formation

Droit - Sécurité, police

Domaines d'études

Droit - Sciences criminelles


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Mise à jour 14.03.2023


Description de la formation


  • To gain specialized and up-to-date knowledge in the field of forensic interpretation and evaluation of evidence
  • To master probabilistic reasoning, Bayesian networks and statistical methods using appropriate tools and softwares
  • To manage issues of interpretation at a high level from case reception to court
  • To acquire skills in oral and written communication of uncertainty
  • To develop independence and self-confidence in solving practical inferential problems
  • To gain a harmonised view with regard to interpretation across forensic disciplines and laboratories, including the establishment of Standard Operating Procedures

This course is granted 20 ECTS credits.

Plan de la formation

The cursus implies :

6 core modules

  • Uncertainty in forensic science
  • Assessing evidence given source level propositions
  • Assessing evidence given activity level propositions
  • Assessing evidence given offence level propositions
  • Pre-assessment and management of cases
  • Evidential matters

2 specialised modules

  • DNA evidence
  • From glass to fingerprints

Regular on-line evaluation on all modules

Participants will take all core modules and choose one of the two specialised modules.


Conditions d’admission

  • University degree (at least BSc) or an equivalent degree of a higher education programme
  • Practitioners from any forensic discipline - e. g. reporting officers, chief scientist, lawyers

Preference will be given to forensic scientists with casework and reporting experience.


CHF 12'000.-


  • Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS

CAS in Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence

Infos pratiques

Lieu / adresse

  • A distance

Déroulement temporel

Début des cours


Durée de la formation

21 months.
597 hours of course (340 hours of asynchronous online teaching + 7 hours of synchronous online teaching + 250 hours of personal work).

Modalités temporelles

  • À temps partiel

Langue d’enseignement

  • anglais

For exercises, discussions and one-to-one tutorials, English or French are available as further languages.


Renseignements / contact

Academic questions: sefe@unil.ch