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BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

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  • UCAS Code:
    F413
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Exploring crime scene science, toxicology, chemistry, and molecular biology, amongst other fascinating subjects, this degree, designed to be one of the most modern and relevant of its kind, has been engineered to give you a broad understanding of the theory and practice of forensic science.

You’ll be educated by professional practitioners and industry-seasoned guest speakers who are experts in their respective fields, including forensic archaeology, anthropology, genocide investigation and toxicology. You’ll get to participate in multiple field trips, as well as being taught in contemporary lecture halls and state-of-the art labs where you’ll use cutting-edge equipment. What’s more, our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Take a look at the live fire exercises our final year students regularly get involved in.

You can pick subject modules that suit your own interests and career ambitions in year two and three/four, and as this course shares its first year with BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation, you can switch courses at the end of year one.

To enhance your academic study with that all-important work experience you’ll have the opportunity to complete a five or 30-week placement, which can be anywhere in the world. Not only will this enhance your CV but it can also act as a springboard to help launch a career as a forensic investigator post graduation, whether that’s with the police or working on the aftermath of devastations, such as those caused by fire, tsunamis, earthquakes, genocide or mass transport accidents.

You will be provided with theoretical and practical training covering crime scene science, toxicology, chemistry and molecular biology. This course draws on our expertise in forensic archaeology, anthropology, genocide investigation and toxicology.

According to Unistats, 91% of our final year students agree our staff are good at explaining things – why not come and meet us at an Open Day or join us on live chat to find out more?

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 a 5-week placement or 4 years with a 30-week minimum 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: 112 tariff points (Grade DMM) in a required subject. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.5  (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.

Field trips are an important part of this course, to ensure you are exposed to as many real-world situations as possible.

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 2.45mb)

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 suit students with:

  • An understanding of what forensic science is
  • 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 forensic science.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Fieldwork

Careers

This degree will give you a good grounding in forensic and legal principles, including covering crime scene management and biological and chemical analysis. You will graduate with all the skills you need to get ahead in the field, as well as practical knowledge of a range of industry-standard equipment.

We have an excellent reputation for producing graduates who are ready for the challenges of the forensic science industry, with 75% of our students in work or further study within six months of completing their course.

Our staff

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

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

What our students say

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.

What our staff say

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.

What placement employers say

Karen Taylor

Thank you for organising S’s internship. She was a pleasure to host, gets on with her tasks and communicates well with all members of the team – a real credit to BU and to herself.