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BSc Forensic Science

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  • Objectives
    * A fascinating way to learn about science and its applications * Covers all aspects of both forensic biology and chemistry * Learn from practising experts in the police and other relevant fields * Learn a wide range of transferable skills * Contribute to a safer society.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Students should have a good GCSE profile that includes Mathematics and English, plus one of the following or equivalent: * A minimum of 180 UCAS Tariff points (including at least two subjects at Advanced Level, one of which should include a science subject) * Scottish Highers 180 point * Irish Leaving Certificate CCCCC Higher Honours * Applications from mature students are welcomed and are considered individually on the basis of qualifications and experience.
  • Academic Title
    BSc Forensic Science
  • Course description
    BSc Forensic Science


    Students studying on this programme can expect to benefit from a wide ranging syllabus that provides a sound education in both biology and chemistry, as well as putting this knowledge in its forensic context with modules covering crime scene processing, psychology, criminal law and case studies.

    Year One is concerned with the basic principles and techniques of all aspects of forensic science. In Year Two more advanced concepts and applications are introduced and criminal law is studied in depth. The final year contains modules covering advanced aspects of DNA profiling, chemical pathology, authenticity and frauds, and fire, arson and explosives. A module based on the analysis of case studies - which, through critical appraisal of real cases, brings together the knowledge from the rest of the programme - forms a central part of the final year. The final year also contains a project module, which gives students the opportunity to direct their own forensic science research under the guidance of a member of academic staff.

    Students benefit from extremely close links with various organisations involved in forensic science, particularly the Leicestershire Constabulary. Experts in criminal law, forensic information technology and psychology from within the University contribute to teaching on the programme and complement the science expertise of other staff to ensure that all aspects of the course are delivered by suitably qualified staff.

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