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BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology

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  • UCAS Code:
    F3B7
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Whether it’s working on criminal investigations to analyse crime scenes and identify victims, working in the field of endangered species to identify illegal trading of fur and feathers, or investigating diseases that could threaten human or animal survival, Forensic Biologists are in growing demand.

This degree, taught by leading academics, experienced practitioners and a range of professional guest lecturers, will help you develop a comprehensive grounding in forensic biology. To ensure you graduate with a broad set of forensic skills you’ll take part in invaluable lab and fieldwork experience, including mock crime scenes and disasters, and you’ll use sophisticated lab and field equipment to collect and analyse biological evidence, write detailed logs and reports, and even collaborate with staff on current forensic research projects. Take a look at the live fire exercises our final year students regularly get involved in.

In years two and three/four (depending on the length of course you choose), you’ll have the chance to pick from subject modules that suit your own interests, passions, and career goals.

In year three you’ll complete a five-week or 30-week industry placement, at home or overseas, to strengthen your CV, get to meet contacts from the profession, and improve your chances of gaining employment after you graduate. What’s more, this degree is recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

According to Unistats, 100% of students on similar courses at BU think our staff are good at explaining things, so join us on live chat or come along to an Open Day to meet us and find out for yourself!

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with an optional short placement or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Accreditations:

This course is recognised by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Required subjects:

A Science or Mathematics subject.

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent including 32 points in a Science subject or Mathematics. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Recognised by:

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams.  As an indication, 67% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 2.5mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

You can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will be suited to students with:

  • An understanding of what archaeology and forensic sciences are
  • Enthusiasm for applying science to solve problems both in the study of the past and the present
  • An interest in both laboratory and field sciences
  • Good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to think analytically
  • An interest in archaeology, and forensic science (e.g. by attending an excavation, visiting museums, entering science competitions, school project work, or relevant volunteer work).

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

This is a new course and it has been designed to give you all the experience you need to enter the field of forensics, which can include biological, conservation, criminal and healthcare settings, among others. You'll gain a wealth of practical experience in labs and through fieldwork that will give you an edge when you begin searching for work.

Although we don't have any graduates from this course yet, students who have completed one of our other forensics degrees have performed well once they leave BU. According to Unistats, 80% of our Forensic Investigation graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their course, working for the likes of forensic science laboratories, hospital laboratories and local authority enforcement agencies. 

Our staff

You can visit our department pages to read more about the specialist interests of our Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science staff, or register for an Open Day to meet us.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.  You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

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