Forensic science – familiar to most of us thanks to its appearances in popular TV police dramas – is the application of science to law. It’s carried out through the collection, preservation and analysis of evidence.
If you have an enquiring mind, are good at solving scientific problems and want to work with cutting-edge equipment and facilities, then you could be the right person to work at a crime scene or analyse the evidence recovered from that scene.
On this course, you’ll study forensic chemistry, biology, imaging and photography, the essentials of forensic investigations, and professional and quantitative scientific skills.
Then you’ll take modules on bodies, tissues and fluids, materials ID, drugs of abuse, analytical forensic chemistry, forensic IT and issues in criminal justice.
The third year will cover forensic case studies and the presentation of evidence, then fire, arson and explosions, authenticity and fraud, DNA profiling, forensic chemical pathology, and project and professional skills.
- This course is professionally accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and developed in collaboration with Leicestershire Police, ensuring your learning remains relevant to current practice and standards.
- Develop your practical and professional skills in our crime scene house, crime studio, crown court and forensic science laboratory facilities.
- Our strong links with industry mean you’ll not only develop practical and professional skills but also be offered the opportunity to apply them to real-world scenarios by spending a year on placement.
- Our teaching is delivered by expert academics and practitioners, including Leisa Nichols-Drew, who represented the UK, DMU and Forensic Science on an international project aimed at improving detection and reducing occurrences of knife crime.
- Students have gained valuable international experience as part of their studies with our DMU Global programme, which has enabled students on previous trips to unearth information on human rights abuses and genocide in Guatemala, attending the New York Supreme Court to learn about judicial processes, and support refugees in Berlin.
- Our graduates have gone on to work for world-leading employers including LGC Forensics, Cellmark Forensics, Eurofins Forensics, GlaxoSmithKline, Reckitt Benckiser and 3M.
Reasons to study Forensic Science at DMU:
- 96.9% of Forensic Science graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]
- 100% overall student satisfaction
according to De Montfort University’s own analysis of unpublished NSS data, 2018
- Our graduates have gone on to work for world-leading forensic science employers
including LGC Forensics, Orchid Cellmark, GSK, Reckitt Benckiser and 3M
- Professionally accredited by CSFS
one of only a few courses accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
- Dedicated laboratories
following a faculty investment of £12 million in equipment and facilities
- International expeience through our #DMUglobal programme
which has enabled students to unearth human rights abuses and genocide in Guatemala, attend the New York Supreme Court to learn about judicial processes, and support refugees in Berlin Germany
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]
Structure and assessment
- Forensic Biology
- Forensic Chemistry
- Forensic Imaging and Photography
- Essentials of Forensic Investigations
- Professional and Quantitative Scientific Skills
- Bodies, Tissues and Fluids
- Materials ID
- Drugs of Abuse
- Analytical Forensic Chemistry
- Forensic IT
- Issues in Criminal Justice
- Forensic Case Studies and the Presentation of Evidence
- Fire, Arson and Explosions
- Authenticity and Fraud
- DNA Profiling
- Forensic Chemical Pathology
- Project and Professional Skills
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Our strong links with industry and dedicated work-based learning unit allow you to undertake a sandwich year, after successful completion of year two, to experience working in a scientific environment. These placement opportunities can be anywhere in the country.
Students have been placed in internationally recognised companies such as Pfizer.
The variety and depth of this course equips graduates to work in many fields, including:
- Forensic science
- Crime-scene/scientific support work
- Analytical chemistry
- General scientific analysis
- Health and safety
- The insurance industry
- Law enforcement
International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.
Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.
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