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Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation

Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons)

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.

As part of our pioneering collaboration with Lancashire Constabulary, all students on this course will have the opportunity to shadow a crime scene investigator as they conduct their work.

Study Forensic Science at UCLan

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.


Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

Lancashire Constabulary and UCLan School of Forensic and Applied Sciences have joined forces to create the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy.

In the first collaboration of its kind, CSIs, forensic science experts, academics and students will work alongside each other in purpose-built facilities to research, investigate and deliver forensic science services in Lancashire.

This ground-breaking partnership enables students to work in an operational policing environment.


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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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    FM42 ; Short form: BSc/FSCI

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Courses 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

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Our 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

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.

Great Opportunities

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.


Check out what we've been up to ...

Ground-breaking Forensic Academy to be launched in Lancashire
Partnership to enable University students to work in an operational policing environment

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Lancashire Constabulary have this week officially entered into a strategic partnership that will enhance forensic science services in Lancashire.


Our Facilities

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

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

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

* Tuition Fees

*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.

Entry Requirements

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.