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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. 

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 innovative partnership gives you access to an operational policing environment providing opportunities for CSI shadowing, as well as both work and research placements in scientific support.

You’ll be taught in a range of specialist environments. We’ve recently invested in 15 new crime scene flats which give you the opportunity to gain experience in a more realistic working environment. This is in addition to the dedicated crime scene houses, garaged vehicle examination bay, and a blood spatter pattern analysis suite – we were the first University in the UK to have these. What’s more, you’ll have access to well-equipped criminalistics laboratories and an extensive human skeletal collection with both modern and archaeological specimens.

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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.
  • You’ll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, including dedicated crime scene house, garaged vehicle examination bay, analytical unit, laboratories, and a Hydra Minerva Simulation Suite.
  • Our excellent teaching collection includes one of the largest anthropological collections of human remains in the country.
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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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