Forensic Courses

Our Forensic Science provision has an outstanding reputation because of the expertise of our staff, our facilities and the breadth of our professionally accredited courses. All of this has been further enhanced with our ground-breaking partnership with the Lancashire Constabulary – creating the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy.

Not only will our forensic science courses equip you with specialist knowledge of criminal and forensic investigation, biology and chemistry, you will also learn how to be a decisive, analytical thinker with well-developed numeracy, literacy and communication skills.

All of these attributes are in great demand by employers. You can find our graduates at work for private companies, local and national government agencies, the Civil Service, in education and research, at NHS laboratories, as managers, in fraud detection, as well as working as crime scene investigators, forensic experts, Police intelligence analysts and police officers, both at home and overseas.

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The complete university guide top 10 logo - forensic scienceUCLAN IS UK’S BIGGEST RISER IN NEW LEAGUE TABLE

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is the UK’s biggest riser in the first league table of the year. Forensic science was ranked in the UK’s top 10 and top in the North West.

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Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses


Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

We have strong links to regional police forces and our partnership with Lancashire Constabulary has seen the launch of the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy. This ground-breaking partnership gives students access to an operational policing environment providing opportunities for CSI shadowing, as well as both work and research placements in scientific support.



Our degree programmes are designed and taught by experienced forensic scientists, crime scene investigators, senior police officers and research-active academics. Our graduates regularly return to talk to students about their work, career-paths and advise on how to succeed in the workplace.




Our courses are accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and are aligned to national occupational standards where appropriate to ensure you fulfil the needs of future employers.


You’ll be taught in a range of specialist environments, such as laboratories, scene houses and outdoor facilities. We were the first university to have dedicated crime scene houses, garaged vehicle examination bay, and a blood spatter pattern analysis suite. You will have access to well-equipped criminalistics laboratories and an extensive human skeletal collection with both modern and archaeological specimens.

Forensic Laboratory

Crime Scene Houses

HYDRA Minerva Suite



"I chose to study at UCLan as it had the best course for me and offers the most opportunities in terms of having a strong relationship with Lancashire Constabulary and has many of the lecturers from CSI backgrounds. It also offers the most in being able to go abroad and have once in a lifetime experiences".

Nia Bassral - BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminal Investigation

“UCLan has one of the best schools in regards to Forensic Science. As an undergrad I didn’t actually apply to any other universities - all my five course choices were in the forensic science field at UCLan. All the lecturers know exactly what they are talking about, and they're also there for you every step of the way. I have always found that if I didn’t understand anything it's never seen as a problem, as staff are always happy to answer any questions and offer any support you need until you fully understand.”

Lauren Beattie - BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and Anthropology graduate - MSc Forensic Anthropology

David Green

“I’d recommend taking part in CSI shadowing and other extracurricular activities because it’s just so beneficial and you get some much from it. Aside from the learning aspect and doing the things that you enjoy, it also looks great on your CV. When I go to get a job and I meet people from competing universities, I don’t think that many of them will have had the opportunities to shadow the CSI like you get at UCLan.”

David Green - Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, BSc (Hons)