Forensic Science with Foundation Year option BSc (Hons)

Exploring crime scene science, toxicology, chemistry, and molecular biology, amongst other fascinating subjects, this degree, designed to be one of the most modern and relevant of its kind, has been engineered to give you a broad understanding of the theory and practice of forensic science.

You’ll be educated by professional practitioners and industry-seasoned guest speakers who are experts in their respective fields, including forensic archaeology, anthropology, genocide investigation and toxicology. You’ll get to participate in multiple field trips, as well as being taught in contemporary lecture halls and state-of-the art labs where you’ll use cutting-edge equipment. What’s more, our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

You can pick subject modules that suit your own interests and career ambitions in year two and three/four, and as this course shares its first year with BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation, you can switch courses at the end of year one.

To enhance your academic study with that all-important work experience you’ll have the opportunity to complete a five or 30-week placement, which can be anywhere in the world. Not only will this enhance your CV but it can also act as a springboard to help launch a career as a forensic investigator post graduation, whether that’s with the police or working on the aftermath of devastations, such as those caused by fire, tsunamis, earthquakes, genocide or mass transport accidents.

You will be provided with theoretical and practical training covering crime scene science, toxicology, chemistry and molecular biology. This course draws on our expertise in forensic archaeology, anthropology, genocide investigation and toxicology.

We have a foundation year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the scientific skills required for Forensic Science, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree.  

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BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration
F413 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

For September 2020 and September 2021 entry: The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in a required subject. We will consider all subjects but not accept General Studies.

Foundation year for September 2020 and September 2021 entry: 48-72 UCAS tariff points.

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