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Forensic Science

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  • UCAS code(s): F413
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This course provides you with a deep knowledge and experience of techniques relevant to forensic science, both at the scene and in the laboratory, and an understanding of legislation and legal procedures. You can take a year placement in a variety of laboratory and forensic roles to gain a Diploma in Professional Practice.

You will benefit from access to an on-campus Crime Scene Training Facility, fully equipped with a digital CCTV and audio system, and a range of specialist forensic laboratories which are all fitted out with the same state-of-the-art equipment used by professional forensic practitioners.

What you'll study

Who will teach me?

The Forensics team is comprised of academic and support staff that are subject experts in forensic science, legal issues and crime scene investigation. Many of our staff have had relevant industrial and other external forensics experience and training.

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

Industry links

Our Forensics team work with a wide range of organisations including:

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Forensic Biology

    Forensic Chemistry

    The Forensic Process

    Introduction to Forensic Analysis

    Technical Skills for Forensic Science

    Professional Skills for Forensic Science

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Biological Techniques in Forensic Science

    Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Photography

    Ethics and Law for Forensics

    Forensic Casework Examination

    Forensic Analysis

    Choose from the following optional modules:

    Introduction to Suspicious Death Investigations

    Microbial Structures, Identification and Distribution

    Forensic Image Processing

  • Year Three

    Diploma in Professional Practice - optional

    Core modules

    Molecular Techniques for Identification

    Drugs of Abuse

    Research Methodology

    Advanced Topics in Forensic Science

    Choose one of the following optional modules:

    Advanced Crime Scene Investigation

    Forensic Microbiology

    Environmental Forensic Assessment

    Choose one of the following optional modules:

    Communicating Science and Technology

    Ballistics and Firearms

    Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Project 60

    Forensic Expert

    Choose two from the following optional modules:

    Biometrics and Forensic Databases

    Analytical Toxicology

    Bioarcheology

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You’ll be taught through a variety of experiences including

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • visits
  • group projects
  • case studies
  • verbal presentations and
  • laboratory assessments and reports.

Practical and workshop classes enable you to gain competence in the application of the fundamental principles of forensic science and are focused around problem solving and interpretation. You’ll take part in crime scene investigation simulation exercises based on real work problems which reflect the challenges facing Crime Scene Investigators.

The course emphasises independent learning and is structured to facilitate greater learner autonomy by the final year. You’re encouraged to undertake independent reading to supplement and consolidate what is being taught.

Careers and employability

Your career development

Employers in the fields of chemistry, biology and physics as well as forensic science highly value graduates with a strong background in:

  • scientific investigation
  • the reconstruction of events
  • the presentation of findings.

These skills are invaluable for careers in:

  • forensic science
  • law enforcement (for example, the police, Customs and Excise, immigration and fraud investigation)
  • academic research.

Our recent BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduates have achieved the following careers:

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - ABB including chemistry and biology; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM including relevant chemistry and biology modules; or
  • 128 UCAS points from up to four qualifications, including chemistry and biology at 40 UCAS points each (grade B A-level) or equivalent; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including Biology and Chemistry OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant Biology and Chemistry modules OR
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in Biology and Chemistry AND
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

  • For more information other opportunities for funding please visit our international pages.
  • For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Science and Technology course enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 8351