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Course summary

This degree focuses on the processes undertaken from criminal investigation and retrieval of evidence, through examination of evidence as a scientist, to delivery of opinion in court. You will understand how forensic science is employed within the criminal justice system and learn how to recover, record and preserve evidence from a crime scene or other incident and how to examine evidence within the laboratory using relevant techniques. You will also learn how to ask the questions relevant to investigating a crime and how evidence is considered in court. Why this course at Marjon? Time spent within our crime scene house and forensic laboratories will provide you with practical experience of the many aspects of crime scene and forensic science. Specialist interaction means that the degree is supplemented with ‘real-life’ examples. Relevant work experience opportunities available. Small class sizes and weekly practical sessions give you hands-on experience with equipment that provides you with the necessary and relevant practical skills for employment within the sector. What might I become? You could follow a career pathway within areas such as forensic analytical laboratories or the criminal justice system. Alternatively, you could apply to graduate schemes with the police or civil service. Often to work within forensic science it is necessary to undertake further study to specialise in a specific forensic discipline. Find out more at Open Day Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Forensic Science at Marjon. You’ll meet our lecturers and look around our dedicated on-site crime scene house and laboratory facilities. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies. Book on to an Open Day at: Why study at Marjon? • First-class facilities used by world-class athletes • Small, person-focused university with a big personality • No.1 university in England for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2023) • Southwest University of the Year for Student Life and Student Support (WhatUni Student Choice Award 2022) • No.3 university in England for Learning Community (National Student Survey 2022)


Dr Sarah Gardner - Course Lead, Forensic Science; “The degree builds from a basic understanding of crime scene investigation and evidence analysis, to more complex understanding of your interpretation of evidence. Law and court room processes are included to enable an understanding of the presentation of evidence in court. The third-year dissertation provides opportunity for a student to develop their own area of research interest.” 1st Year Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation Introductory Scientific Studies Anatomy and Physiology Forensic Science Forensic Trace Analysis Forensic Quality Standards 2nd Year Law and the Expert Witness Future Forensics Forensic Biology Mass Disaster Victim Identification Research Methods Crime Scene Photography 3rd Year Honours Project Case Assessment and Interpretation Forensic Anthropology Advanced Forensic Analysis Crime Scene Management

Assessment method

You will be assessed via a variety of methods including witness statements, practical assessments, mock court room exercises, examinations, oral presentations, essays, portfolios and case reports.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 – Higher National Certificate or evidence of 120 Credits gained at Higher Education. Module details will be required to check that previous study matches Marjon curriculum. Year 3 – Foundation Degree or evidence of 240 credits gained at Higher Education. Module details will be required to check that previous study matches Marjon curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they have Pre-settled or Settled status.
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