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This forensic science degree is ideal for those with an enquiring mind, a deep interest in science and a curiosity about how and why things happen. You will develop the ability to judge the importance of physical evidence based on incident scene observation and the results of laboratory tests.
On this course you will develop the ability to judge the importance of physical evidence based on incident scene observations and the results of laboratory analysis.
Studying Forensic Science will enable you to:
- understand crime scene science
- use case studies to highlight the range of approaches required in forensic investigations as well as analytical instruments, microscopy and the English legal system
- find out how the acquisition of crime scene evidence is studied as well as genetic identification.
Why choose this course?
- It is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
- You will be eligible for admission as an Associate Member of the RSC (AMRSC) when you graduate.
- Studying Forensic Science will give you key practical skills. You will take part in crime scene investigation workshops and learn how to process crime scene evidence in the laboratory.
- Your study will follow a crime-scene-to-court approach to forensic analysis.
- You’ll get free student membership to the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences as well as personal protection equipment (PPE) and lab coats.
- You’ll have the option to do a 12-month work placement. We are first for the number of Forensic Science students on year-long work placements (HESA 2016/17)
- Top 20 for student satisfaction in forensic science (NSS 2018)
Careers and employability
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 graduates have achieved the following careers:
- Derbyshire Constabulary – forensic services assistant
- De Montfort University – microbiology lab technician
- Reckett Benckiser – analytical assistant
- Nottinghamshire Police – police constable
- Harlan Sera Limited – laboratory technician
- Boots – pharmacy development analyst
- Premier Analytical Services – microscopist
- Surrey Police – intelligence processing assistant
- Nanosight – particle physicist.
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.
Excellent placement opportunities
You will have the opportunity to undertake a year’s work placement in industry in the second year. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Recent placement salaries have ranged from £10,000 to £35,000 and many students impress their placement employers so much they are offered jobs upon graduation.
Recent Forensic Science students have secured placements in companies including:
- Derbyshire Constabulary – Forensic Case Management Unit
- Minton, Treharne and Davies Ltd – placement technician
- Anthony Nolan Trust – blood bank lab trainee
- Avans Hogeschool, Holland – product development and testing
- Southampton General Hospital – pathology lab technician.