Forensic Science 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Gain an in-depth understanding of Forensic Science, taught by academics and forensic professionals, as well as gaining valuable lab and crime scene experience, helping you to stay ahead in this fast moving science.

Single Honours
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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: F415

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Course Overview

You will cover key forensic areas such as genetics, anthropology, toxicology, ballistics and arson, alongside newer fields such as digital forensics. You will also develop your analytical science skills, so that you are able to analyse any piece of evidence you should encounter. This

is complemented by additional emphasis on professional practice and an understanding of the roles of the crime scene investigator and the forensic scientist as an expert witness in the court.

 

You are able to study abroad for a semester or year at one of our partner universities and we also include a visit to the world renowned ‘body farm’ at the University of Tennessee. This visit will allow you to gain anthropological experience on human material which is not possible in the UK. You can also extend this programme to an Integrated Master’s.

What will this mean for my future?

Equipped with key scientific skills, practical experience and vital communication, team working and problem-solving abilities, you will become an independent scientist who will offer a great deal to prospective employers. Graduates have progressed to a range of different careers, including, within the forensic science sector, analytical laboratories, and teaching.

Indicative modules

First year

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

Second year

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

Third year

  • 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

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

90

0

30

0

30

2

120

0

0

0

0

3

120

0

0

0

0

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Science principles

15

Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives

15

Forensic Science principles

15

Punishment: Beyond the popular imagination

15

Understanding Crime

15

   

Cybercrime

15

   

Forensic Analysis

15

   

Forensic Identification

15

   

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis

15

None

 

Forensic Genetics

15

   

Forensic Document Analysis

15

   

Criminalistic Methods

15

   

Drugs of Abuse

15

   

Digital Forensics

15

   

Forensic Anthropology

15

   

Forensic Taphonomy

15

   

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Forensic Toxicology

15

None

 

Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and

Arson

15

   

Forensic Geoscience

15

   

Advanced Topics in Forensic Science

15

   

Forensic Science Team Project

15

   

Interpretation, Evaluation and

Presentation of Evidence

30

   

Forensic Science Dissertation

15

   

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az