The School of Forensic and Applied Sciences strives to be internationally-recognised for excellence in teaching and research, providing an unrivalled student experience in order to equip highly-valued graduates for lifelong achievement in the global market. As one of the largest Schools of its kind in the world, we cover a diverse range of subjects: forensic investigation; policing; criminal investigation; forensic chemistry; forensic genetics and biology; counter terrorism, waste management, forensic anthropology; archaeology, geography and environmental management.
Our degree courses include specialisms such as: crime scene investigation; forensic genetics and entomology; forensic anthropology; and forensic chemistry. All courses have been accredited by the Forensic Science Society and our teaching staff include leading academics and former senior crime scene investigators.
Our courses in policing are not just for people who want careers in policing or associated professions; they provide the skills and high levels of confidence that are valued by private and public sector graduate employers of all kinds.
Fieldwork and practical skills are a core part of archaeology at UCLan. Our undergraduate courses enable students to undertake a minimum of 10 weeks’ fieldwork, with opportunities to take part in local archaeological digs and field surveys, as well as excavations further afield in the UK and abroad.
Our environmental management and geography courses place considerable emphasis on fieldwork. This is a great way for students to interact with local communities, experts and practitioners, to put theoretical learning into practice and to engage with issues around sustainability.
Our courses benefit from well-established and innovative research centres in the areas of materials science, taphonomy and post-mortem interval studies, policing, archaeology, and forensic genetics and are developing close collaborative relationships with Lancashire Constabulary, and other police forces, which underpin our consultancy and educational offerings.
Our Geography course modules span the breadth of the subject recognising that issues such as climate change, for instance, span both human and physical dimensions of geography. Third-year field trips include destinations overseas. Recent field trips have included opportunities to research such issues as: Maasai ways of life in the Kenyan savannah; urban change in Chinese cities, gentrification in Seattle; first nations and mineral development on Vancouver Island in Canada; and the economics of crofting in the Scottish Highlands.
Our reputation has allowed us to recruit many high-calibre professionals from forensic science, the police and CSI, as well as world-leading academic researchers. This combination of staff allows us to build on the many years’ experience of senior practitioners and new research developments at the cutting-edge of the disciplines. We are very proud of our facilities many of which are housed in our purpose-built £12.5-million J B Firth Building. In addition, our state-of-the-art resources include three crime scene houses, a vehicle examination area, and a blood spatter pattern analysis suite.
We also have dedicated laboratories for the search and recovery of evidential materials, forensic anthropology, forensic biology and genetics and forensic entomology, together with a Moot Court Room, a Hydra-Minerva immersive training facility and field provision for anthropology and archaeology. Throughout the year we run a number of open days at which you can meet staff and students, obtain more information, tour our facilities and gain an insight into life in the School and at UCLan.