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BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation

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  • UCAS Code:
    F401
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Designed specifically for those interested in the investigative side of forensics, the course deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of forensic investigation of crime scenes and disaster investigations, and is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Forensic investigation is a wide-ranging and compelling subject, drawing principally from scientific methods and practical training within criminal investigation. Covering biological and analytical science, the degree provides an understanding and knowledge of key concepts in relevant law, professional skills, crime scenes and forensic sciences.

Taught by professional practitioners, highly-qualified academic staff, and industry-savvy guest speakers, you’ll discover the course is carried out in a variety of stimulating environments, including science labs, IT labs, multiple field trips, and dedicated crime scene teaching labs in which you’ll deal with crime scene reconstructions. Take a look at the live fire exercises our final year students regularly get involved in.

Year one is shared with students taking BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, so should you discover the scientific aspects of the course to be more appealing, there is the option to switch degrees at the end of the year. In your second and final year, you’ll custom build your curriculum; selecting options that bring your education in line with your interests and career goals. To lend valuable real world experience to your resume, you’ll undertake a five or 30-week work placement in year three, depending on the length of the course you choose. This is the perfect outlet to put the theory and techniques learnt on campus into practice, plus meet career contacts that may help you once you graduate.

According to Unistats, 94% of our final year students say that our staff are good at explaining things. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

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 with an optional short placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Accreditations:

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Required subjects:

A Science subject or Mathematics

Entry requirements:

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

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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. Teaching methods include practical experiences within lab and field, lectures, discussions and group work.

Field trips are an important part of this course, to ensure you are exposed to as many real-world situations as possible - click on the tab for more information about the places you might visit. The laboratory work is varied and includes science labs, IT labs and crime scene reconstruction within a dedicated crime scene teaching lab.

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, 69% 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. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course.

A placement plays a vital role in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates, and we have many links to outside agencies and organisations to best support you along your professional development. 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

Forensic investigation is a broad and fascinating area of study that predominantly prepares you for work in the field of criminal investigation, although the principles and skills you learn can be applied in a variety of scientific and investigative contexts. According to Unistats, 80% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing their course.

They have gone on to work for organisations such as Trading Standards, HM Revenue & Customs, and The Environment Agency, as well as taking positions in forensic laboratories and private consultancies. 

Fieldwork

Our staff

You can visit our department pages to read more about the specialist interests of our Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science staff online, or register now 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

Course changes

Hear from our students

Zoe Fradley

The career prospects for students on this course are very broad as it covers many different areas such as labwork, law or the investigation route.

Hear from our staff

Professor David Osselton

You will participate in many practical exercises in our unique purpose-designed facilities. Our Crime Scene Training Centre has bedrooms, a lounge-kitchen-diner, a bank and a drugs lab.