Forensic Science Degrees

Forensic science degrees are a popular choice for students interested in chemistry, law and crime. A forensic science degree focuses on the analysis and processes used in physical evidence found at crime scenes.

Why Subject

Different Types of Forensic Science Degrees

Forensic science is considered to be both a physical and biological science and so the degree is awarded as a BSc (Bachelor of Science). The degree can be studied alongside a number of other popular subjects, resulting in combined degrees such as:

  • Forensic Science with Criminology
  • Forensic Science with Archaeology
  • Chemistry with Forensic Science

What modules will I study?

Throughout your studies in forensic science you will be required to undertake a range of academic modules that are compulsory, and some that are optional. This allows you to specialise in your preferred area of forensics. Here are some example modules:

  • Forensic Analysis
  • Understanding Crime
  • Chemical Science
  • Cybercrime
  • Digital Forensics
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Explosives and Arson

Entry Requirements

In the UK there are only around 30 institutions that offer forensic science degrees. To gain entry to a program you will typically be required to achieve the following A Level Grades and UCAS Points:

  • A Level Grades: AAB - BBC
  • UCAS Points: 136 - 112

Required and Desired Subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics

Career Prospects

Most forensic science graduates choose to work directly in the field in a range of job roles, as the degree equips students with a range of scientific skills. Some popular job roles and careers of graduates are:

  • Police scientific support laboratories
  • Health and safety executive
  • Laboratory analyst
  • Petrochemical industry
  • Forensic scientist

87% of forensic science graduates are either placed in further study or employment within 6 months of graduating, with an average earning of £21.5k.