Forensic Science and Neuroscience 

(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 Neuroscience.

Combined Honours

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


Study abroad
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: FB41

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Course Overview

For the Forensic Science element of the course, you will 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.

For the Neuroscience element of the course, you will explore the mystery of the human brain: the central nervous system, the impact of drugs upon it, and the molecular biology of diseases and disorders of the brain. Study Neuroscience at Keele and you’ll learn how the brain works – and why it sometimes doesn’t. You’ll discover how we learn and remember, how our brains control our body, and how the brain regenerates and repairs itself. You could study interesting disciplines such as neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology and neuropathology.

Working in diverse ways, including in our superb labs, you’ll develop your independent research skills as you learn to acquire, interpret and analyse data from multiple sources. You’ll also understand how neuroscience can help us understand medical problems and improve the quality of life.

What will this mean for my future?

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. 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.

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. Your degree will open up exciting careers in sectors as varied as healthcare, scientific research, pharmacology, IT, publishing and more. You might choose to work as a research scientist in academia or the drug industry, or work as a clinical neuroscientist in the hospital sector. With or without further study, you might go on to become a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, doctor, pharmacologist or systems analyst. If you choose to do a four year course, with a year’s industrial placement, you’ll have the added benefit of significant work experience to offer to employers.

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

 

Neuroscience -  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 Neuroscience modules only; please also see the document for your other subject. [Example credit split in the table below – please edit]

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

30

30

30

0

45

3*

15-30

45

45

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

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

   

 

Neuroscience Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to Neuroscience

30

None

 

Physiology and Anatomy

30

   

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

   

 

Neuroscience Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

NB: students choose 2 modules from:

Credits

Neuroscience Research Methods

30

Study Abroad Modules

30

   

Research and Analytical Skills*

15

   

Neuron to Brain

15

   

Neurodevelopment

15

   

Learning and Memory

15

   

Neuropharmacology

15

*These modules are taken by Study Abroad students only in place of Neuroscience Research Methods; they feature as Electives in the Year credit table above. 

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

   

 

Neuroscience Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

NB: students choose 3 modules from:

Credits

Students taking Neuroscience and Biochemistry:

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1,2

 

30

 

30

Behavioural Neuroscience

15

Brain Disease

15

Students taking Neuroscience and a subject outside of the School of Life Sciences:

Life Sciences Single Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

Or

Single Applied Life Sciences Placement1

 

15

 

15

 

15

 

15

Special Senses

15

Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous

System

15

Current Research Topics in Neuroscience

15

 

1 The Applied Life Sciences Placement modules may replace Life Sciences Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) modules if the nature of the placement is deemed suitable and the work carried out meets the criteria of the research project module.  

 

2 If a student fails the Life Sciences double experimental project module (or the alternative Double Applied Life Science placement module) but has it condoned, then they will not be eligible for an RSB accredited degree, but shall instead be eligible for the award BSc Studies in Biochemistry

 

 

 

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

   


 

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

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Behavioural Neuroscience

15

None

 

Brain Disease

15

   

Special Senses

15

   

Current Research Topics in Neuroscience

15

   

Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System

15

   

Life Sciences Double Experimental
Research Project (with research skills assessment)2

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1

30

 

30

   

Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

15

 

15

   

 

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