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Forensic Science

Forget what TV tells you — there’s more to forensic science than poking at a handgun with a pen. Every day, criminal cases past and present are being cracked by scientists. With our guidance, you’ll get hands-on and explore everything from ethics and DNA analysis to evaluating evidence in trials.

Why Forensic Science at NTU?

Put your future under the microscope

Maybe you’re a natural-born chemist who’s looking to explore one of science’s most dynamic and fast-evolving fields, or maybe you want to make your mark in social and criminal justice. Whatever your goals, studying forensics at NTU is your chance to learn from a multi-award-winning team of supportive, highly experienced practitioners. You’ll get day-one access to some incredible industry connections, and the same world-class facilities and equipment used by police forces and the emergency services — from electronic notebooks, industrial stand crime lights and digital cameras to comparison microscopes, video spectral comparators, superglue cabinets, and much, much more!


for Forensic Science (Guardian University League table 2023)


for number of Forensic Science students on year-long placements (HESA 2021/22)


for Forensic Science (Complete University Guide 2023)


for student satisfaction in Forensic Science (National Student Survey 2022)

Take the role of a crime scene investigator

Our on-campus Crime Scene Training facility lets you feel what it's like to take on the role of the scene crime officer. We can set up the residential property and our shop / bar to mimic any number of crime scenarios from burglary to a violent attack. Through our extensive CCTV in the house, you can be guided by your fellow students and our staff members to make it a valuable learning experience.

Careers in Forensic Science

The skills and knowledge you gain from our courses are invaluable for careers in forensic science, law enforcement (for example, the police, Customs and Excise, immigration and fraud investigation) and academic research.

Our recent graduates have secured roles at companies including:

  • Derbyshire Constabulary
  • De Montfort University
  • Eurofins Forensic Services
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • Vision Security Group
  • Boots
  • Premier Analytical Services
  • Surrey Police

They have gone into a wide variety of job roles, including:

  • Forensic toxicologist
  • Forensic services assistant
  • Digital evidence recovery technician
  • Forensic services lab officer
  • Police officer
  • Development chemist
  • Analytical assistant
  • Pharmacy development analyst

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