Forensic Science (with Placement Year) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

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Course summary

Learn to collect and analyse material from crime scenes, and present scientific evidence in court with our accredited BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree. Our course will teach you the principles of forensic science, from crime scene to court room. Based in our £45m Science Centre in Cambridge, you’ll analyse and investigate a range of evidence in crime scene rooms and the forensic lab. With a focus on chemical and biological analysis, you’ll find out what that evidence means. We look at ways to ‘read’ data, interpret the results and present your evidence in court. You’ll get hands-on with specialist analytical equipment, under the guidance of expert tutors. And you’ll learn outside the classroom too, with visits to law courts and a local mortuary, and opportunities to work with local police forces and forensic labs. Graduate with advanced skills in chemistry, biology and laboratory analysis – ready to start a career as a forensic scientist. Get a sneak preview of our course: try your hand at online quizzes, solve a crime, hear about our latest research and tackle a chemistry word search. As a forensic scientist you'll provide evidence for use in courts of law to support criminal and civil investigations. You need training in the latest analytical techniques and processes, and a sound knowledge of the UK legal system to do this. All of that’s on offer at ARU. While studying BSc (Hons) Forensic Science in Cambridge, you’ll learn how to package evidence correctly and perform preliminary tests for body fluids and drugs of abuse. You’ll also examine ‘real’ forensic samples including ignitable liquid residues, and trace evidence such as paint and fibres. Together, we’ll explore techniques including microscopy, microspectrophotometry, spectroscopy and chromatography; and get hands-on experience of specialist instruments for biological analysis. You’re free to book additional time with this equipment outside of lessons. As well as refining your lab skills, you’ll learn to conduct thorough, independent research – and to feel confident about presenting evidence in a court of law. As a Forensic Science student at ARU, you’ll be eligible for student membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


Year 1 Core Modules United Kingdom Legal Systems and Law for Forensic Scientists Applied Science for Forensic Investigators Introduction to Forensic Photography and Methodologies Personal and Professional Development - Level 4 Physical and Quantitative Chemistry for Forensic Scientists Physical Criminalistics Group Tutorials Year 2 Core Modules Forensic Genetics Forensic Scene Examination Forensic Spectroscopy Techniques Chemical Criminalistics Forensic Analytical Chemistry Personal and Professional Development - Level 5 Group Tutorials Ruskin Module Year 3 Core Modules Work Placement Life Science Year 4 Core Modules Advanced Forensic Methodologies Forensic Analysis of Drugs and Poisons Forensic Pathology Advanced Fire and Explosion Investigation Forensic Anthropology Undergraduate Major Project Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. This course has a hands-on approach, so a lot of your assessment will be through practical work. You’ll also do exams, essays, portfolios, role plays and presentations.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic Level - with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1,400.
Forensic Science (with Placement Year) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS