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School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Students at a crime scene 

The School of Forensic and Applied Sciences is internationally-recognised and aims to provide an unrivalled student experience in both teaching and research in order to equip highly-valued graduates for lifelong achievement in the global market.

We cover a diverse range of inter-related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level: forensic investigation; policing; crime scene investigation; biological sciences; forensic chemistry; counter-terrorism, forensic genetics; environmental management; geography; forensic anthropology; document analysis; conservation genetics; archaeology.

About the School

The School’s reputation has allowed us to recruit many high-ranking professionals from the police, forensic sciences and crime scene investigation, as well as world-leading academics. This combination of teaching staff allows us to build on the many years’ experience of senior practitioners and research developments at the cutting-edge of the disciplines.

We are very proud of our state-of-the-art facilities, most recently enhanced with the opening of the Hydra/Minerva immersive training simulator. The training suite is the most sophisticated university installation in the country and one of the very few in UK universities to mirror the specification and complexity of the most advanced training systems used by police forces and other emergency services across the UK and abroad.

Other key facilities include a new archaeological science laboratory, dedicated bone laboratories for the analysis of both human and animal skeletal remains, the very latest geophysical equipment and software, three crime scene houses, a vehicle examination area, a blood spatter pattern analysis suite, and fully-equipped laboratories for the search and recovery of evidential materials, forensic anthropology, forensic genetics, biological sciences and forensic entomology. Our TRACES field research facility for forensic taphonomy is the only one of its kind in Europe.

Student working at a  microscope 

Research

Commitment to research, with its impact on teaching and consultancy, is central to our mission. Without the excitement of research, our programs would be neither as fresh, nor as stimulating. We have well-established centres and groups producing internationally recognised research in areas such as archaeology, materials science, fire investigation, forensic taphonomy and molecular biology. We have recently appointed a Professor of Policing and Criminal Investigation. This appointment will build on our enviable reputation in evidence-based policing, and strategically position the School as significant in world terms for policing research and education.

Contact Us

The School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

School office hub
Telephone: +44 (0)1772 891990
Email: fosterhub@uclan.ac.uk

Enquiries about studying at UCLan
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