Computer Science and Forensic Science - BSc (Hons)

From programming and software development to learning the techniques that are of particular importance to the analysis of forensic evidence - graduate with the advanced knowledge and analytical skills to solve real-world problems in a range of careers, such as digital forensics.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • FG44

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Computer Science and Forensic Science at Keele University?

No. 1 in England for Forensic Science (The Complete University Guide, 2021)
Accreditation pathway available in Forensic Science
Use a wide variety of industry-standard equipment including spectroscopic, analytical and forensic instrumentation, supercomputer facilities, a VR lab and a Maker Space
Gain first-hand experience in industry with our computer science placement year option
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Accreditation and professional recognition

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This programme is recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science. It is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science if you specialise in Forensic Science. If you choose to specialise in Computer Science there is no accreditation available.

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Liam, Computer Science

"For my third year project, I created a Neuroevolutionary algorithm that could be used to predict the way a constituency would vote in a general election based on demographic data of the area such as age distribution, number of vehicles owned, and level of education. Being able to bring together all of the skills I had acquired throughout the course into an adventurous piece of work meant that to this day it is still one of my proudest achievements."

Liam, Computer Science

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Max, Forensic Science

"My experience on the forensic science course has been brilliant due to the commitment of the lecturers and lab staff in providing me with the necessary tools to pursue a career in forensic science. I particularly enjoy the practical lab sessions where we get hands on experience with techniques used in the field such as fingerprint enhancement and identification, DNA, blood spatter, and chemical analysis using the newly added equipment and lab spaces contained within the CSL building."

Max, Forensic Science

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Central Science Laboratories

Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

Our combined honours Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Forensic Science degree. For example, Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming will introduce you to the key principles of Computer Science and programming, while Advancing Programming will allow you to hone these skills in an individual project, all of which will be useful in your degree and professional career. Meanwhile, the Foundations of Chemistry module will provide you with a basic understanding of the key concepts and fundamental terminology of chemistry. All of the modules you take will prove useful in your degree and professional career. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one

FYO-00275 Foundations of Computional Theory and Programming 15 credits
FYO-00189 Foundations of Chemistry 15 credits
FYO-00211 Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists 15 credits
FYO-00185 Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15 credits

Semester two

FYO-00191 Advancing Chemistry 30 credits
FYO-00225 Advancing Programming 15 credits
FYO-00227 Advancing Computing: Client-Led Collaborative Design 15 credits

 

Entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to apply 

Applicants will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation Year (UCAS code: G401) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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