BSc (Hons)

Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation

3 years
September 2024

Discover the tools crucial to solving crime, with a degree built around the practical skills and scientific understanding of the collection and analysis of evidence.

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)
  • 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.
  • We offer the possibility for extra study at home and abroad – including an air crash investigation short course in Arizona, ballistic reconstruction course and Study Abroad exchange opportunities.

What you’ll do

  • You’ll be taught by numerous experienced professionals with a range of specialisms, such as CSI, counter-terrorism, or fire investigation.
  • In year 3 you can tailor your studies to your personal strengths and professional ambitions.
  • You’ll get hands-on with state-of-the-art facilities, including our dedicated crime scene houses, vehicle examination bay, laboratories and a Hydra Minerva simulation suite.
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Our FARO laser scanning tech


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Academic expertise

Paul Callaghan
Course Leader
School of Law and Policing

Paul teaches across several forensic-related modules. He's an ex-practitioner having worked in the areas of crime scene investigation since 1998 both within the UK and teaching internationally. He has a passion for photography and research interests in the use of virtual reality…

Kev Pritchard
School of Law and Policing

Kev teaches across a range of modules for our Crime Scene Science team, with expertise in crime scene examination and photography. Kev is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Kev also teaches at post graduate level both in the UK and Internationally.

Missing Persons Information Unit

By joining our Missing Person Investigation Unit, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the families of missing people. You can develop lines of enquiry, and work within a wider network of cold-case missing person investigators.

Cybercrime Advice Clinic

Get involved with our Cybercrime Advice Clinic. You can work with victims of cybercrime within Lancashire (and beyond). Help and support victims after they have been targeted by cyber criminals.


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Going on a trip to Arizona and Las Vegas including a Disaster Victim Identification course was a real highlight. Something that inspired me to do my dissertation based around this, and something I want to consider further in my career.
Amelia Woodcock in a white criminal investigation suit
Amelia Woodcock
Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation graduate, current CSI, Greater Manchester Police

Future careers

In a competitive job market, Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation BSc (Hons) graduates stand out – with the specialist skills and real-world experience to ensure they’re ready to get to work.

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.

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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