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Forensic Science BSc (Hons)

Forensic Science BSc (Hons)

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

UCAS Code

F410

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Six years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F410; Short form: BSc/FS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

We pride ourselves on creating forensic scientists who are experts in their area. We’re a forerunner in the country for forensic science and you’ll learn from former practicing forensic scientists and CSIs as well as academics who are leaders in their field. Our course is unique thanks to the 3-star accreditation with the Forensic Science Society and we were the first university to have a suite of dedicated crime scene houses. You’ll gain education and training in forensic investigation; the management and processing of crime scenes, law for forensic scientists and the laboratory-based analysis of evidence, leaving you well placed for specialist employment in areas of forensics, chemistry or biotechnology. 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 points at A2 including Biology or Chemistry (will accept Applied Science), General Studies accepted
QCFBED : Distinction, Merit, Merit
Access to HE: 122 UCAS Points with 15 Level 3 Credits at Distinction ib Chemistry or Biology
International Baccalaureate : 28P including Grade HL5 in Biology or Chemistry
GCSE's including Maths and English grade C or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

There is still time to apply

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Crime Scene Science 
  • Skills for Forensic Scientists 
  • Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology
  • Biology for Forensic Scientists 
  • Chemistry for Forensic Scientists

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Biology 
  • Introduction to Chemistry 
  • Bones Bodies and Burials
  • Elective

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Criminalistics
  • Forensic Practice
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Forensic Genetics
  • Law for Forensic Scientists

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (double module)
  • Application of Forensic Science
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Advances in Forensic Chemistry

Optional modules (choose one)

  • Forensic Medicine
  • Forensic Toxicology

Further Information

Forensic Science at UCLan is outstanding amongst other UK programmes by merit of its breadth and depth, the expertise of staff, and its facilities. The course covers forensic investigation, forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic anthropology.

In addition to fitting you for a wide range of forensic careers, the course has a strong emphasis on transferable, employable skills, and it is expected that graduates will be well prepared for careers in a number of areas. 


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All the staff have been incredibly helpful to us. The detailed information on DNA Profiling, updated technology and future possibilities was especially interesting.

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There are three core topics that run throughout the course, and others which are options during the first and second years:

Forensic Investigation involves the management and analysis of crime scenes, the collection of forensic evidence and its analysis by means of methods such as fingerprinting, footwear impressions, document analysis, tool marks, forensic photography, glass fragment analysis, trace evidence, body fluids, hair and fibre analysis and ballistics.

Forensic Biology includes topics such as the identification of body fluids, forensic medicine, forensic entomology and DNA profiling, the identification and analysis of molecular genetic variation which can be used to match body fluids such as blood, semen or saliva to individuals, or to carry out paternity analysis. 

Forensic Chemistry examines a variety of compounds from narcotics to paints and accelerants, using chemical and physical methods to characterise and match trace samples. 

Forensic Anthropology is an option in years one and two and involves the study of the skeletal remains in order to determine a profile of a deceased individual as well as aspects of decomposition and burial.

The School of Forensic and Applied Sciences is vibrant, friendly, diverse and busy, and houses a wealth of staff experience. We were the first UK department to have a dedicated crime scene simulation house and now have three properties representing different scenarios. We have an extensive skeletal collection, comprised from both teaching specimens and archaeological material; and our final year students always organise one of the best graduation balls in the university!


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Without UCLan and its experiences I would not be where I am today, and as I move on from my studies to post-doctoral work at the Liverpool World Museum I am constantly reminded of UCLan.

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Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by The Forensic Science Society.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The School of Forensic and Applied Sciences is a vibrant, friendly and diverse environment. The school houses a wealth of staff experience, from those who have worked at the very highest level as forensic practitioners before coming into higher education to academics who are involved in the cutting edge research that underpins and helps advance forensic analysis. Factual knowledge and the development of associated skills are achieved through a variety of lectures, practical work (both laboratory based and at simulated crime scenes), tutorials, workshops, group work and independent study.

Guest speakers are brought in to talk about other areas including law, ballistics and DNA, and alumni will talk to you about their career path and how to get on.

A key part to the School's teaching and assessment strategy is to ensure that students get hands-on experience of using the full range of analytical instrumentation and are competent and confident in using them. Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and end-of-module examinations. The types of assessments vary and may be in the form of multiple-choice, short answer questions, essays, practical reports or tests, problem solving exercises, oral presentations, critical reviews and research in the form of a final year dissertation.

Facilities

We provide state-of-the-art facilities including :

Opportunities

There are several opportunities to get experience either in the voluntary sector or through placements at a number of laboratories and workplaces.

If you are interested in a police career, we encourage you to join the Special Constable service. Those thinking of a laboratory career may wish to explore links with local hospital laboratories for work experience and within the School there are several student internships available each year that will allow you to get involved in a novel research project and gain experience of working within a research environment. Archaeologists within the School of Forensic & Investigative Sciences regularly run digs and those with an interest in Archaeology and Anthropology may want to participate and get additional field-work experience.

Our courses are an excellent basis for employment in this competitive sector. Our graduates are at work in all sorts of forensic science settings - as crime scene investigators, police officers, scientific support personnel and intelligence analysts, at home and overseas.

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