Astrophysics and Forensic Science - BSc (Hons)

Explore the nature of our Universe and analyse the science behind a crime scene to identify and present admissible forensic evidence to uphold justice. Our Astrophysics and Forensic Science BSc will equip you with advanced critical thinking, mathematical and problem solving skills and develop your knowledge, analytical skills, methods and techniques to be able to enter a rewarding science-based career in a variety of sectors.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • FF54

Duration of study

  • 3 years/ 4 years with International Year

Why study Astrophysics and Forensic Science at Keele University?

No. 1 in England for Forensic Science (The Complete University Guide, 2022)
Professional accreditation pathways are available
Access to Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories (CSL)
Develop your practical and professional forensic skills in our crime scene facilities
Experience different cultures by spending a year studying abroad
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics and recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science. It is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science if you specialise in Forensic Science, and if you specialise in your final year, you will only be eligible for the accreditation aligned to the subject you have chosen to specialise in.

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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David, Astrophysics with Business Management

"As a Fraud Analyst, I use the skills I developed as an astrophysics undergraduate to identify and solve complex problems"

David, Astrophysics with Business Management

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Max, Forensic Science

"My experience on the forensic science course has been brilliant due to the commitment of the lecturers and lab staff in providing me with the necessary tools to pursue a career in forensic science. I particularly enjoy the practical lab sessions where we get hands on experience with techniques used in the field such as fingerprint enhancement and identification, DNA, blood spatter, and chemical analysis using the newly added equipment and lab spaces contained within the CSL building."

Max, Forensic Science

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LEARN FROM OUR CAMPUS - OUR OWN 'LIVING AND NATURAL LABORATORY'

From recovering evidence in our indoor and outdoor crime scene facilities to replica skeletal remains within the grounds of Keele woods, our unique 600-acre campus offers a fantastic environment to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life scenarios you may encounter within forensic investigation. These practical experiences will also provide you with the opportunity to develop and refine the methods and techniques that are integral to work within the field.

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Central Science Laboratories

Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course Content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

Our combined honours foundation year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Astrophysics and Forensic Science degree. For example, the Foundations of Physics module will introduce you to the mathematical skills needed to solve problems in physics at level 3 while studying fundamental equations and concepts in classical physics. Meanwhile, the Advancing Chemistry module aims to increase your knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of chemistry in a theoretical context, while also demonstrating the application of concepts in a practical environment. All of the modules you take will prove useful in your degree and professional career. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course Structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester One

FYO-00185 Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15 credits
FYO-00215 Foundations of Mathematical Methods 15 credits
FYO-00189 Foundations of Chemistry 15 credits
FYO-00205 Foundations of Physics 15 credits

Semester Two

FYO-00209 Advancing Physics 15 credits
FYO-00231 Advancing Mathematical Methods 15 credits
FYO-00191 Advancing Chemistry 30 credits

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to Apply 

Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Astrophysics with Foundation Year (UCAS code: F513) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

Direct Entry Students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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