Forensic Science and Human Biology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

This programme will give you an in-depth knowledge of human biology and forensic science and is recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Our understanding of the human body is instrumental in the forensic analysis of a crime scene.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.

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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: FC4C

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Course Overview

Human Biology will provide a detailed understanding of the physiology and anatomy of the major systems of the human body that are integral to various aspects of Forensic Science including forensic identification. You will receive a multi-disciplinary learning experience from academics in the faculty, supported by contributions from forensic professionals, clinicians and pathology laboratory staff. This will give you a sound understanding and hands-on experience of a wide range of techniques for forensic and biological analysis as well as physiology and anatomy with contributions from the School of Medicine and the School of Health and Rehabilitation. We have a strong research culture and have previously offered placement opportunities which enhance the student experience. These have included a visit to the world-renowned ‘body farm’ at the University of Tennessee and to the ‘Orangutan Island’ to study Bornean orangutans in collaboration with University of Sains Malaysia. You may also be able to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities.

The Human Biology element of this course is ideal if you’re interested in biology but are looking for a particular focus on the human body and how we’ve adapted to our environment. This course provides a broad understanding of the physiology of the body’s major systems as well as human health and disease and the relationship between the human body with the environment. You might explore the impact of nutrition and the environment on health, how humans in turn impact on the environment, and specialised topics such as human parasitology and human evolution. Keele’s multidisciplinary approach puts human biology in context, so you’ll have input from experts ranging from clinicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, geographers and conservation biologists.  There are opportunities for studying abroad and for work experience; you could even add in a year’s industrial placement to create a four year degree.

What will this mean for my future?

Our graduates have progressed to careers in the forensic science sector, analytical and research laboratories and teaching.

Studying this subject combination would also allow you to pursue postgraduate study in the forensic, biological or analytical fields. Our dedicated and supportive approach to teaching, coupled with excellent modern laboratories and industry standard equipment, mean that you will graduate as an independent scientist with a sound theoretical understanding and relevant practical experience across a range of analytical, biochemical, physiological and forensic techniques

Indicative modules

First year

  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification
  • Introduction to Human Physiology 
  • Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Genetics and Evolution 
  • Human Physiology and Pathology

Second year

  • Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Criminalistic Methods
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Human Genetics
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Health and the Environment
  • Nutrition and Energy Balance

Third year

  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson
  • Forensic Science Team Project
  • Advances in Medicine 
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Human Parasitology 
  • Experimental Research Project 
  • Life Sciences Dissertation 
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement