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BSc (Hons)

Forensic Science (Foundation Entry)

4 Years
September 2023
Campus Taught

On our Forensic Science (Foundation Entry) course you’ll get a grounding in the kinds of skills you’ll need if you want to become a forensic scientist or a crime scene investigator.

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 teaching quality
    Guardian University Guide (Forensic science)
  • 3rd
    in the UK for overall score
    Guardian University Guide (Forensic science)
  • The foundation year provides you with an interesting and stimulating grounding in science gaining key practical skills in our modern, spacious and well-equipped laboratory facilities. You’ll build your confidence and become an independent learner.
  • 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.
  • During your course you’ll have the chance to go on an optional sandwich placement year to gain valuable industry experience.

What you’ll do

  • Enhance your practical skills with a variety of hands-on Biology and Chemistry laboratory sessions and Physics workshops.
  • Learn all about crime scene investigation, including fingerprint recovery and identification, and the recovery and analysis of trace evidence such as hairs, fibres and bodily fluids.
  • On the full course you’ll get to examine evidence at simulated crime scenes inside our very own crime houses on campus.

Module overview

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.


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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  • 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

Previous graduates have gone on to study for PhDs in Fire Chemistry, Neuroscience and Forensic Science. Others have pursued careers in a range of science-based roles, including forensic scientists and crime scene investigators.

Fees and funding

First year£6,500 for the first year
Full-time£9,250 per year
First year£11,000 for the first year
Full-time£14,900 per year
First year£9,250 for the first year
Full-time£9,250 per year
First year£16,400 for the first year
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.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Law and Policing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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