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
Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
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