Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons)

Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons)

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences




Under- graduate



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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    FM42 ; Short form: BSc/FSCI

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Thanks to our unique 2-star accreditation with the Forensic Science Society and our close links to Lancashire and Greater Manchester constabularies, this course is a solid, widely respected route into the highly competitive field of forensic science and criminal investigation. Learning from former CSIs, you’ll develop a broad understanding of forensic science from a legal perspective and, in your second and third years, you’ll get the chance to work alongside local police CSI and scientific support teams - indeed, because our course is mapped against National Occupational Standards for CSIs, you could even start work in the field while you’re studying.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate : 28P
5 GCSE's at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 points at A2; General Studies accepted 
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 112 UCAS Points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 112 points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS: Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to the Law and Police Powers
  • Offences against the Person and Public Order
  • Investigation Skills 1
  • Study Skills for Criminal Investigation
  • Volume Crime Scene Science

Optional modules

  • Crime Scene Photography 
  • Forensic Anthropology

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Investigation Skills II
  • Proactive Investigation Techniques
  • Offences Relating to Property & Weapons
  • Criminalistics
  • Forensic Practice

Optional modules

  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
  • Forensic Anthropology

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Application of Forensic Science
  • Dissertation

Optional modules - choose one

  • Fraud
  • E-crime
  • Major Crime Inquiries
  • International & Humanitarian Criminal Investigation

and either of

  • Crime Scene Management and CSM Support Module
  • Human Remains Recovery and Forensic Taphonomy

Further Information

At the start of the course, you will have the choice to study one stream from two choices, these being crime scene investigation or forensic anthropology. The stream you choose will be followed throughout your next three years of study. Throughout the course you will learn all aspects of the law relating to forensic science, you will also learn how to recognise, enhance and recover all evidence types from crime scenes and how to analyse that evidence in the laboratory. During your final year you will also be required to write a dissertation, largely of your own choice.


Going to university was the best decision I have ever made. The skills I gained at UCLan have undoubtedly greatly assisted me in getting my dream job.



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:

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

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Fees 2016/17

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

Professional Accreditation

Forensic Science Society Accreditation

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

You will be taught in a range of environments utilising our excellent facilities, you will also role play during several policing scenarios.

Assessment is by a variety of methods including but not limited to, standard written exams, written assessment, presentations, crime scene examinations, photographic portfolios, human bone identification or a combination of these.


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


In such a competitive job market, UCLan graduates stand out. You’ll find them at work as forensic scientists and analysts in both private companies and for the police force, and working as crime scene investigators, police intelligence analysts and police officers, at home and overseas.

The 2013 National Student Survey (NSS) results show 100% our students said that as a result of their course, they believed they have improved their career prospects.

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