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Forensic Science and Chemical Analysis MSci

Forensic Science and Chemical Analysis MSci

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

UCAS Code

FF41

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: Four years, Part-time: Eight years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    FF41; Short form: MSci/FSCA

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MSci

Why study this course?

This course is part of one of the most respected suite of forensic science programmes in the country, if not the world, and graduating from it will give you a significant advantage when it comes to getting a job in this highly competitive field. It’s an integrated Master’s course, which means you’ll get all the training associated with a BSc degree with some Master’s level in the area of analytical chemistry too, further boosting your employability. You’ll study forensic investigation, forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic anthropology, ultimately specialising in forensic chemistry with an emphasis on the application of spectroscopic techniques in forensic science. 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 points at A2 including Biology or Chemistry or applied Sciences; General Studies accepted
OCFBED (See Attached): Distinction, Merit, Merit
Pass Access to Higher Education: 112 UCAS Points with 15 level 3 Credits at Distinction in Chemistry or Biology.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 points including HL5 Biology or Chemistry
GCSE: Grade C at Maths and English

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
  • Application of Forensic Science
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Advances in Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Forensic Toxicology

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods
  • Separation Science and Mass Spectrometry
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Research Project (triple module)

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 the student 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. 

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

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.


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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. In year four students specialise in chemical analysis and its application in Forensic science with six masters level modules focusing on the application spectroscopic techniques for the analysis of trace evidence and carrying out a novel research project in an area of their choice.

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!

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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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

Seeking accreditation from The Forensic Science Society.

Our Chemistry department is top in the UK in terms of student satisfaction, ranking first in the Times Good University Guide 2015.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

Our strong links with the local constabularies and hospital laboratories mean you’ll get the chance to undertake invaluable hands-on work experience.

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.

Note: Those who do not achieve an average percentage mark of ≥ 60% at end of year two will not normally be allowed to continue with the MSci and will be transferred to BSc(Hons) Forensic Science.

Facilities

State-of-the-art facilities including :

Opportunities

Our strong links with the local constabularies and hospital laboratories mean you’ll get the chance to undertake invaluable hands-on 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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