Chemistry and Forensic Science 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Our combined honours programme in Chemistry and Forensic Science is recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.

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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: FF41

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Course Overview

Chemistry is the science behind many of the modern innovations that we have come to rely on today, and Forensic Science focuses on the applications of scientific methods, including chemical analytical techniques, in the context of crime. Keele’s Chemistry and Forensic Science programme will provide you with a broad perspective on analytical science, and the key skills valued by employers. You will develop a wide range of relevant practical laboratory skills, and sound theoretical understanding, enabling you to tackle a variety of problems in both Chemistry and Forensic Science contexts. In 2015 Chemistry and Forensic Science at Keele was ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

What will this mean for my future?

This is an ideal degree if you wish to pursue a career in Analytical or Forensic Chemistry. The professional forensic sector offers various options for graduates with many going on to the police and military police forces and to roles within the public crime sector. Our graduates have progressed to careers within the chemical, pharmaceutical and environment industries as analytical scientists and researchers within business and industry.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Chemical Concepts and Structure 
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills 
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions 
  • Chemical Science Principles 
  • Forensic Science Principles 
  • Forensic Analysis

Second Year

  • Organic Synthesis and Chirality 
  • Physical and Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry 
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis 
  • Forensic Genetics 
  • Criminalistic Methods 
  • Drugs of Abuse

Third Year

  • Chemistry Research Project 
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry 
  • Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms 
  • Forensic Toxicology 
  • Evaluation of Evidence, Explosives and Arson 
  • Forensic Science Team Project