BSc (Hons)

Forensic Science

3 Years
September 2024
In Person
Foundation entry

Explore the science of investigation, learning the skills to collect, analyse and interpret evidence. It’s a highly specialised course, designed to put you on a high-impact career path.

Why study with us

  • 1st
    in the North West for research quality
    Complete University Guide (Forensic Science)
  • 2nd
    in the UK for student satisfaction
    Complete University Guide (Forensic Science)
  • 3rd
    in the UK for overall score
    Guardian University Guide (Forensic science)
  • 3rd
    in the UK for student experience
    Times Good University Guide (Archaeology and forensic science)
  • You’ll learn the theory and practice of forensic investigation, crime scene processing and laboratory-based analysis.
  • Learn from experts in their fields, whether seasoned CSIs, former police professionals or leading academics. This combination of teaching staff allows us to build on the many years' experience of senior practitioners and research developments at the cutting-edge of the discipline.
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What you’ll do

  • You’ll work in labs equipped with cutting-edge microscopy and analytical equipment, and at our outdoor facility for research in forensic taphonomy and decomposition.
  • As well as covering modules focused on the core aspects of Forensic Science, you can focus on specialist areas like genetics, toxicology and anthropology.
  • You can take a sandwich-year placement, developing vital career-boosting skills in a local hospital laboratory or with a scientific research project.


Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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I wanted a degree that could potentially get me into the world of forensic science, but also provide the groundwork that could be utilised in many other professional sectors.
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Annie Yates
2016 UCLan Graduate, now Forensic Operations Manager, Durham Constabulary
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Academic expertise

Headshot of Catherine Tennick
Dr Catherine Tennick
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
School of Law and Policing

Cat shares her passion for forensic science teaching across undergraduate Forensic courses, and supervising postgraduate research. As a Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Cat is an experienced collaborator with foren…

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Dr Tina Gornall
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
School of Law and Policing

Tina joined us in September 2014 and is currently Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, MSci Forensic Science and Chemical Analysis and MSci Forensic Science and Molecular Biology. She has a background in Physics, Forensic Science and Accident Investigation and has inter…

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  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, demonstrating that it provides a solid, widely respected route into the highly competitive field of forensic and criminal investigation.

Future careers

By the time you graduate from our Forensic Science BSc (Hons) programme, you will be well placed to start an exciting career in areas of forensic science, biological sciences or chemical analysis.

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Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,500 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Law and Policing

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