BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

Would you like to perform a crucial role in the investigation of crime and legal scenarios? Graduates of our accredited forensic science course have gone on to have excellent careers in the sector.

We were one of the first universities to offer undergraduate forensic science degrees. You’ll acquire a full understanding of the crime scene to court process, and the forensic and analytical procedures used to collect, examine and interpret evidence. This course will also give you an excellent grounding in analytical science and an impressive set of practical skills.

You’ll have the opportunity to experience the state-of-the-art instruments used widely within the industry. You’ll be investigating simulated crime scenes, which include burglary, assault, homicide and fatal fires, in our Crime Scene House and forensic science laboratories.

Our Forensic Science degree is highly practical, scientifically challenging and accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

What you will study

Year 1

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Introduction to Criminalistics
  • Introduction to Forensic Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Mathematics Workshop
  • Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists

Year 2

  • Forensic Evidence
  • Forensic Imaging
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Molecular Biology and an Introduction to Forensic Genetics
  • Forensic Earth Science
  • Digital Forensics and Security

Year 3

  • Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Human Molecular Genetics
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Forensic Microscopy
  • Electron Microscopy and X-ray Analysis
  • Toxicology
  • Research, professional...
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You will train in our Forensic Science facilities where you will learn key skills in our purpose-built laboratories and in our scenes of crime house.


UCAS is the UK's Universities and Colleges Administration System.

If you would like to apply for this course, then you will need to apply online through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

280 UCAS tariff points, eg, BBC at A level. These must include Chemistry and Biology but exclude General Studies.

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language

We also accept Science Access to Higher Education qualifications, you will need to Pass with 18 Level 3 credits in Science/Mathematics including Chemistry and Biology units awarded at Distinction.

EU applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

International applicants further information:
International and EU website
Visa information

Tuition Fees

UK and EU fees for full-time study

The fee for this course in 2015 is £9,000

To find out what fee you will actually pay, please visit our money website.


To find international fees, visit our international website.


  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017



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