Forensic Science – BSc (Honours)/MSci

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Learn how to use chemical and biological science to provide important evidence to help solve crimes, in modern well-equipped labs. Then gain valuable professional experience, by applying for a placement with one of our national or multinational partners including forensic science providers, equipment manufacturers and multinational pharmaceutical companies.

Key points
• Learn how to use scientific techniques and knowledge to solve crimes. • Study in modern well-equipped labs that prepare you for a career in forensic science and related areas.
• Enhance your career prospects by applying for a placement.
• Develop attributes valued by employers such as the ability to communicate and…

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At a glance

Learn how to use chemical and biological science to provide important evidence to help solve crimes, in modern well-equipped labs. Then gain valuable professional experience, by applying for a placement with one of our national or multinational partners including forensic science providers, equipment manufacturers and multinational pharmaceutical companies.

Key points
• Learn how to use scientific techniques and knowledge to solve crimes. • Study in modern well-equipped labs that prepare you for a career in forensic science and related areas.
• Enhance your career prospects by applying for a placement.
• Develop attributes valued by employers such as the ability to communicate and problem solve.

What is forensic science?
Forensic science is an extremely diverse field, taking in any scientific discipline that could be used in court from engineering to zoology to accounting. However, there are types of evidence that appear in court more often than others such as, drugs, fingermarks, DNA, glass and fibres.

In these central forensic disciplines, scientists can be involved in an enormous range of cases, such as drug trafficking, burglary, violent disorder and kidnapping. Solving serious cases such as these is one of the aspects that makes a career in forensic science so exciting.

This course

If you choose a career as a forensic scientist, your role will be to provide important evidence to support the law and help solve crimes. So you need a sound knowledge of science and an understanding of English law.

Analytical and bioanalytical science are at the core of forensic science and are central to your studies on this course. By gaining an in-depth understanding of analytical techniques, you are able to detect DNA, fibres, drugs or other compounds in crime scene samples.

Throughout your studies you attend lectures, seminars and tutorials then test what you’ve learnt in crime scene practical exercises in our forensic facilities. These include a crime scene investigation house and a new virtual simulation of the same house that allows you to gain additional practice in crime scene investigating. You also learn how to use the latest DNA evaluation equipment.

Forensic practitioners such as police crime scene investigators, fire service fire investigators, forensic toxicologists and retired senior investigating officers from local police forces regularly give guest lectures offering their professional perspectives on the subject.

You then get the opportunity to apply for a placement in year three. We strongly recommend this as it allows you to develop your skills and makes you much more attractive to employers, such as forensic science providers.

Thanks to the course’s excellent reputation with employers in the field of forensic science, successful students can choose from a range of national and multinational placement partners. These include • Foster and Freeman • Reckett and Benckiser • Environmental Scientifics Group • LGC • Quotient Bioresearch • biotechnology industries.

At the end of the course you demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained by carrying out a research project, either at the University or at an outside organisation. Recent forensic topics include • trace DNA evidence • legal highs • fibres • fingerprint chemistry.

The course is underpinned by research, and most of our teaching staff are active in our internationally recognised Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC). This allows us to feed scientific developments directly into the teaching programme.

Key areas of study
The course has a strong laboratory focus and you develop skills using the latest techniques in forensic, chemical and biological sciences.

Transferring to MSci qualification
The optional transfer to the MSci postgraduate qualification is suitable for students who gain good marks in years one and two of the course.

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