Forensic Science and Law 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Forensic Science and Law.

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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UCAS code: FM41

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Course Overview

 In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Forensic Science and Law. For the Forensic Science element of the course, you will gain 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. 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’ll study principles and doctrines of English and European and International law and have plenty of opportunities to develop your practical skills. You can take part in mooting (practising oral arguments), client interviewing, and work as a Community Legal Companion, within the innovative CLOCK programme, which was pioneered at Keele. Students who are interested in law but do not wish to enter the legal professions will find our exciting range of combined honours degrees offer great choice and flexibility to fit with a variety of future career choices. Students taking a combined honours degree will graduate with a BA or BSc, which is not a qualifying law degree.

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.

For the Law element of the course, Our law degree examines law in its social, political, ethical, historical and international contexts. You’ll explore core legal subjects such as crime, torts, contract, land, equity and public law, developing your understanding of the rules which structure relationships between governments and citizens, and between private individuals.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. The single honours law programme is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a ‘qualifying law degree’ and thus satisfies the academic stage of legal professional qualification. Your degree will also be of value in many other careers. After further study or training you might work as a company secretary, chartered accountant, tax advisor or in business. You might also work in the police service or pursue a career with a charity or in international relations.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Legal Skills
  • Legal Systems
  • Public Law 1: Constitutional Law
  • Public Law 2: Administrative Law
  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification

Second year

  • Land Law 1 
  • Land Law 2
  • Criminal Law 1
  • Criminal Law 2
  • Contract 1
  • Contract 2: When Things Go Wrong
  • Mental Health Law
  • Family Law
  • Lawyers in Society
  • Law, Science and Society
  • Law in Action
  • Law and Ethics
  • Law and Emotion
  • Introduction to Public International Law
  • Controversies in Intellectual Property Law
  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification

Third year

  • Equity and Trusts 1
  • Equity and Trusts 2
  • Law of the EU 1
  • Law of the EU 2
  • Transnational Crime
  • Law and the Older Person
  • Law and New Technology
  • Jurisprudence
  • International Human Rights
  • Healthcare Law
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • Evidence
  • Employment Law
  • Company Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Child Law
  • Business Leases
  • Dissertation
  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Forensic Science - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Forensic Science modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

45

15

15

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Law - A summary of the total credit requirements (60) per year for Law only is as follows. Bear in mind you will take a total of 120 credits in 8 modules in each academic year. (You need a minimum of 90 subject credits - compulsory plus optional - each year across both of your Principal Subjects. The other 30 credits may be in subject related modules or elective modules in other disciplines.) This document has information about Law modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory in Law

Optional in Law

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

0

45

60

0

15

3

0

45

60

0

15

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Forensic Science Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Science Principles

15

None

 

Forensic Science Principles

15

   

Forensic Analysis

15

   

Forensic Identification

15

   

Law Year 1 (level 4)

Students on this Combined Honours programme take two set core Law modules in semester 1 (Legal Skills and Public Law 1) and two modules as required by their other Principal Subject programme. In semester 2, students take Legal Systems and Public Law 2 plus two modules as required by their other principal subject programme.

One benefit of this arrangement is that if you change your mind at the end of Level 4 (Year 1) and decide that you would prefer to pursue a Single Honours degree in Law, you may seek a transfer to that programme in the second year if you wish (when you will be able to study the Tort modules that you will have missed in Level 4 (Year 1)). Bear in mind, however, that any such application to transfer to the Single Honours Law Programme after original entry to Combined Honours is at the discretion of the Law School. You must make formal application in the Spring semester of Level 4 (Year 1) when your request will be considered by the Admissions Tutor in the Law School. Please note that your performance in Level 4 (Year 1) in your other Principal Subject will be one factor to be considered.

In Law: Compulsory

Credits

Compulsory/Optional/Elective in subject 2

Credits

Legal Skills

15

Module 1

15

Public Law 1: Constitutional Law

15

Module 2

15

Legal Systems

15

Module 3

15

Public Law 2: Administrative Law

15

Module 4

15

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Forensic Science Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis

15

None

 

Forensic Genetics

15

   

Criminalistic Methods

15

   

Drugs of Abuse

15

   

 

Law Year 2 (Level 5)

At Level 5 (Year 2), students take four modules in Law and four modules as required by the other Principal Subject.

In Law:

Optional

Credits

Law option 1

15

Law option 2

15

Law option 3

15

Law option 4 or elective module

15

   

Optional modules in Law may include:

 

Land Law 1

15

Contract 1

15

Criminal Law 1

15

Land Law 2

15

Contract 2

15

Criminal Law 2

15

Controversies in Intellectual Property Law

15

Introduction to Public International Law

15

Law and Emotion

15

Law and Ethics

15

Law in Action

15

Law, Science and Society

15

Lawyers in Society

15

Family Law

15

Mental Health Law

15

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Forensic Science Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Forensic Science Team Research Project

15

Forensic Geoscience

15

Forensic Toxicology

15

Advanced Topics in Forensic Analysis

15

Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson

15

   

 

Law Year 3 (Level 6)

At Level 6 (Year 3), students take four modules in Law and four modules as required by the other Principal Subject.

Students have opportunity to study a range of modern foreign languages at different levels, including up to University Certificate level by opting for elective modules in a particular language.

At Level 6 (Year 3), as part of your 120 credits, you will also be expected to take at least one Independent Study Project (ISP). Depending upon your degree this will be offered to you as either a compulsory or option module. You should discuss your ISP choices with your School(s).

In Law:

In Law: Optional/Elective

Credits

Law option 1

15

Law option 2

15

Law option 3

15

Law option 4 or elective module

15

   

Optional modules in Law may include:

 

Business Leases

15

Child Law

15

Commercial Law

15

Company Law

15

Dissertation (single module)

15

Dissertation (double module)

30

Employment Law

15

Evidence

15

Gender, Sexuality and Law

15

Healthcare Law

15

International Human Rights

15

Jurisprudence

15

Law and New Technology

15

Transnational Crime

15

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Forensic Science in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Forensic Science Team Research Project

15

Forensic Geoscience

15

Forensic Toxicology

15

Advanced Topics in Forensic Analysis

15

Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson

15

   

Forensic Science Dissertation

15

   

Interpretation, Evaluation & Presentation of Evidence

30

   

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az