BSc (Hons) Forensic Science


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Pontypridd (Campus code - A )



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Entry Requirements

280 UCAS tariff points, eg, BBC at A-level. A-levels to include Chemistry and Biology and to 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.

This course may be studied with the following options


Our Forensic Science degree is highly practical, scientifically challenging and accredited by the Forensic Science Society

About BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

Essential Information

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.

What you will study

Year One

  • Introduction to Criminalistics
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Introduction to Forensic Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Analytical Methods for Forensic Science
  • Laboratory Safety and Practice

Year Two

  • Forensic Evidence
  • Forensic Earth Science
  • Forensic Imaging
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Molecular Biology
  • Professional Computer Forensics Security

Year 3

  • Forensic Literature Project
  • Case Studies
  • Toxicology
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Human Molecular Genetics and DNA Profiling in Forensic Science
  • Electron Microscopy and X-ray Analysis in Forensic Science
  • Forensic Microscopy
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

Learning and Teaching methods

This forensic science degree will involve about ten hours in lectures and small group tutorials, and up to ten hours of practical work each week.

You can opt to study by flexible/part time learning allowing you to take 60 credits of the full-time programme each year, meaning your studies will be conducted over six years. Timetabled sessions will take place throughout the week.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed by a combination of different approaches including end of year examinations, in-term tests, practical and laboratory skills assessments, written essay-style coursework, online short answer assessments, laboratory reports, simulated case work files, preparation of witness statements, data analysis exercises, mock court sessions and oral presentations.

Many of the tasks and assessments you will complete have transferable and employability skills deeply embedded within them including independent learning, working as part of a team, numeracy, planning, organisation and communication skills, as well as allowing you to develop professional skills for practice in forensic science.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for BSc (Hons) Forensic Science


Students on our forensic science degree will gain an excellent portfolio of practical skills that are in demand by employers, plus you will be trained using the same instruments and techniques as practising forensic scientists, which will give you an advantage when applying for graduate positions.

To increase your employability, you may be eligible to spend a year working in industry mid-way through the course, which is an excellent way to expand your range of skills.
The skills and knowledge of our forensic science graduates are highly desirable and can be used in other scientific areas such as the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, or in postgraduate study such as Masters, Doctorate and fast-track medicine. Career opportunities for our graduates have been very good, gaining posts all over the world in forensic laboratories, crime scene investigation teams, toxicology, biomedical and environmental laboratories, police forces, fingerprint bureaus, insurance investigation, and health and safety.


The Forensic Science Society Logo

The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science course is accredited by The Forensic Science Society in three component standard areas:

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence

Work and Study Placements

Work Placement Opportunities (courses FK10 and F413) are very limited, and applicants are advised to make an early application. We are unable to guarantee work placements. Applicants who accept a place on the above courses but are not successful in securing a placement will be able to continue their studies by transferring to the 3 year course after completion of the second year.

Alumni Profiles

  • Stefanie Kohlisch, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree
  • Additional Information for BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

    Further Reading:

    Read our Forensic Science subject pages


    Our Forensic Science students will be trained in new, vibrant and modern facilities where you will learn key skills in brand-new purpose-built laboratories and a scenes of crime house.

    Subject Societies

    Royal Society of Chemistry The Forensic Science Society

    Student Profiles

    Jonathan Carnie, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

    Kelly Meadwell, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science