Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons)

Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons)

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences




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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 accreditation with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences 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 could get the chance to work alongside local police CSI and scientific support teams. This course exceeds the National Occupational Standards for VSCI’s and CSI’s and several of our recent graduates have secured employment with local forces.

Entry Requirements

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. 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.

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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
  • Offences Relating to Property & Weapons
  • Criminalistics
  • Forensic Practice

Optional modules

  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation & Advanced Photography
  • Forensic Anthropology & Death Science

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Application of Forensic Science
  • Dissertation

Optional modules - choose one

  • Fraud
  • Cybercrime
  • 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 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.



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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777

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Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

This course exceeds the National Occupational Standards for VCSI’s and CSI’s. Several of our recent graduates have secured employment with local forces.

Professional Accreditation

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences 

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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