Forensic Science and Chemical Analysis (Foundation Entry) MSci

Forensic Science and Chemical Analysis (Foundation Entry) MSci

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

UCAS Code

F356

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

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  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F356; Short form: FS&CAFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MSci

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points including Biology or Chemistry or Applied Science.. 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: Merit, Merit, Pass, in Applied Sciences
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit, in Applied Sciences
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including Higher Level Biology or Chemistry
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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

  • Skills for Science
  • Biology

Continued

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Physics

Year 2 and 3

Compulsory modules

  • Skills for Forensic Science
  • Volume Crime Scene Science
  • Biology for Forensic Scientists
  • Chemistry for Forensic Scientists
  • Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Elective

Compulsory modules

  • Criminalistics
  • Forensic Practice
  • Introduction to Forensic Genetics
  • Forensic Chemistry

Plus one option from:

  • Environmental Forensics
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • The Science and Management of Death

Year 4 and 5

Compulsory modules

  • Applications of Forensic Science
  • Forensic Science Dissertation
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Advances in Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Forensic Toxicology

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods
  • Separation Science and Mass Spectrometry
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Research Project

Further Information

Study Forensic Science at UCLan

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.

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 gives students access to an operational environment.

Find out more


"As a foundation for a career, especially an academic one, there is no equal. It will follow you and hold you up where ever you go... As a former student I can attest to how excellent the staff and facilities are at UCLan."

 


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!

Handbook

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.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

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.

Professional Accreditation

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

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.

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.

Facilities

State-of-the-art facilities including :

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