Forensic Science

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. 

Further enhanced with our ground-breaking partnership with the Lancashire Constabulary – creating the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy. Our Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences accredited courses are designed and taught by experienced forensic scientists, crime scene investigators, senior police officers and research-active academics. 

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BSc (Hons) Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation

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Why choose us?

  • You’ll learn from former practising forensic scientists and CSIs as well as academics who are leaders in their field.
  • Benefit from dedicated facilities, including crime scene houses and flats, garaged vehicle examination bay, analytical unit, laboratories, and a Hydra Minerva Simulation Suite. You’ll also access our large anthropological collections of human remains.
  • Forensic and Archaeological Sciences at UCLan is ranked 4th in the UK with 93% overall satisfaction, whilst being ranked 2nd in the UK for the teaching on the course (National Student Survey 2022).
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Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

In the first collaboration of its kind, CSIs, forensic science experts, academics and students benefit from shared expertise whilst working alongside each other in purpose-built facilities to deliver forensic science services across Lancashire.

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Future Careers and Opportunities

You’ll gain education and training in forensic investigation; the management and processing of crime scenes, law for forensic scientists and the laboratory-based analysis of evidence, leaving you well placed for specialist employment in areas of forensics, chemistry or biotechnology.

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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