Forensic Science

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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Course content

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)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2016 entry on our Module Catalogue. Please note this is not a guaranteed module list for future intakes:

Module Catalogue

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

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Forensic Science with Foundation Year: F410 View Unistats for this course

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

can be combined with:

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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. 


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