Forensic Science and Criminology (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
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 Main Campus
Subject Area: Forensic Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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Number one institution in the UK to study Forensic Science, in results published in The Complete University Guide 2018

Number one institution in the UK to study Forensic Science, in results published in The Complete University Guide 2018

Course Overview

An Integrated Single Honours Degree in Forensic Science and Criminology allows you to explore how criminal investigations are conducted, how evidence is collected, analysed and presented, as well as how investigations (and the victims and offenders associated with them) fit into the wider criminal justice system.

By studying 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. By combining this study with Criminology, you will learn from criminological researchers who specialise in areas such as policing, prisons and community justice, systems of justice and of punishment and gain an understanding of the wider context of crimes and responses to them. Criminology is a rapidly developing field which draws on insights and methods from disciplines such as law, social sciences, cultural studies and psychology to explore crime, crime control and justice from a range of perspectives. You will learn about the nature and causes of crime and offending and also explore the methods used to collect and analyse criminological data, which are vital skills for a future career in criminal justice.

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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.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Skills and Careers

A degree in Forensic Science and Criminology from Keele is designed to equip you with key scientific and analytical skills, along with the communication, team working and problem solving skills that are sought after by employers. It opens up a wide range of career options in the fields of crime reduction, offender rehabilitation and community safety, the forensic science sector, and in analytical laboratories. It provides an entry to further study or training to allow you to work for the police, or as a probation officer, social worker, youth worker, prison officer or a solicitor. You can also aspire to work in areas such as victim support, mental health, penal reform and advocacy, the courts or in local or central government.

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 of criminal investigations and their wider context, 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 and critical thinker 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 and Criminology : F4L6 View Unistats for this course

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Study abroad

On the Forensic Science and Criminology 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.