Forensic Science (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Forensic Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course Overview

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) accredits the BSc major route in Forensic Science at Keele and has designated all our dual honours routes as having recognised status.

Whichever route you choose to study Forensic Science at Keele, you will gain a solid grounding in the core principles and practice of forensic science. You will develop not only experience in forensic investigation, but also knowledge and skills in analytical science, thereby laying the foundation for your future career. You will be working alongside academic and technical staff, supported by contributions from forensic professionals, in our modern laboratory facilities. This will give you a sound understanding and hands-on experience of a wide range of techniques for forensic analysis that will prepare you for a wide range of future careers. Our accredited major route allows you to extend your forensic knowledge and skills in the professional context of the crime scene through to the court. If you are itching to travel and experience a new culture, we offer the chance to study Forensic Science for a semester abroad at one of our partner universities. As a research-led institution we have a strong research culture with many contacts with external organisations that are used to enhance our student experience. Previously students have undertaken educational trips to the world renowned ‘body farm’ at the University of Tennessee.

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Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Forensic Science. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Understanding Crime
  • Cybercrime
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Criminalistic Methods
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Forensic Document Analysis
  • Digital Forensics
  • Forensic Anthropology and Entomology

Third year

 Core modules:

  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson
  • Forensic Geoscience
  • Advanced Topics in Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Science Team Project
  • Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence
  • Forensic Science Dissertation

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Forensic Science. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Criminalistic Methods
  • Drugs of Abuse

Third year

 Core modules:

  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson

Optional Core modules

  • Forensic Geoscience
  • Advanced Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Science Team Project

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Forensic Science. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Criminalistic Methods
  • Drugs of Abuse

Third year

Core modules:

  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson
  • Forensic Geoscience
  • Advanced Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Science Team Project
  • Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence
  • Forensic Science Dissertation

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

• Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 46%
• Guided independent study – 54%

Second year

• Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 40%
• Guided independent study – 60%

Third year

• Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 24%
• Guided independent study – 76%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

The Forensic Science programme at Keele is designed to equip you with the key scientific skills, along with communication, team working and problemsolving skills that are sought after by employers. Our graduates have progressed to a range of different careers, including, within the forensic science sector, in analytical laboratories, and in teaching. Our dedicated and supportive approach to teaching, coupled with excellent modern laboratories and industry standard equipment, mean that you will graduate with both a sound theoretical understanding and relevant practical experience across a range of analytical and forensic techniques. Our teaching strategy is designed to enable you to become an independent scientist who will have a great deal to offer prospective employers.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Forensic Science with Foundation Year: F410 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Forensic Science Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Accreditation

Our BSc routes in Forensic Science are either accredited (Major) or recognised (Dual) by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF) Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Our typical offer for 2017 entry for single honours Forensic Science is ABB, and for dual honours is ABB-BBB.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification

Second year

  • Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Criminalistic Methods
  • Drugs of Abuse

Third year

  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Evaluation of Evidence, Explosives and Arson
  • Forensic Geoscience
  • Advanced Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Science Team Project
  • Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence
  • Forensic Science Dissertation

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.