Forensic Science and Criminology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

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.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: F4L6

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Course Overview

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.

What will this mean for my future?

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.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding Crime
  • Criminal Justice: Process,  Policy and Practice
  • Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives
  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification


Second year

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Context
  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Mental Health and Offending
  • Policing and the Police
  • Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Criminalistic Methods Drugs of Abuse

Third year

  • Forensic Toxicology OR Forensic Geoscience
  • Evaluation of Evidence, Explosives and Arson
  • Forensic Science Team Project
  • Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence
  • Criminology Dissertation

One module from a choice that currently includes:

  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • State Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
  • The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty
  • Prisons and imprisonment
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Immigration, crime and social control
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Drugs, High Crimes or Misdemeanours?