University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forensic Science

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Course summary

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Course Overview Our BSc Forensic Science accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences will enable you to study a unique approach to Forensic Science encompassing not just the criminal aspects of the profession but also the wider remit of science and justice in both the public and private sectors. Designed by industry professionals, you will develop the skills and knowledge highly-valued amongst employers, including the ability to confidently investigate crimes, conduct independent laboratory analysis, process and analyse evidence and prepare statements for court proceedings. Our practical-focused course means you won't just learn the theory, you'll be doing it in hands-on sessions - including investigating complex crime scenes at our mock crime house, through realistic major incidents and applying practical laboratory skills to solving both criminal and commercial investigations determining authenticity and provenance. Why Study at University of Cumbria

  • Use the same facilities operated by professionals in the field - including, DNA technology, and the very latest analytical equipment such as Gas Chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Raman Spectroscopy
  • Forensic Science ranks in the Top 10 Nationally for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • Work in new, state-of-the-art specialist laboratories to develop crucial skills for your future as a scientist
  • Taught by academic tutors with professional backgrounds in forensics, policing and the criminal justice system, who bring their invaluable, first-hand experience to their teaching
  • Our tutors conduct and are involved in national research projects, which will enhance your learning and ensure it is up-to-date
  • Small class sizes mean we provide you with personal guidance and support
  • Opportunity to work alongside professional organisations, including Cumbria Constabulary and other Criminal Justice bodies, thanks to our close working relationships across the sector
  • Work shadow professionals in mirroring processes and procedures used in crime scenes, for invaluable first-hand experience
  • Flexible modules so you can carve the course to suit your future career path
  • Eligible for Associate Membership of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences when you graduate and student membership whilst studying
You'll study on our friendly Fusehill Street campus with access to great facilities, including modern student spaces and our new £3.5 million STEM laboratories. You will be a short walk from the centre of the historic, bustling, student city of Carlisle and within easy reach of the stunning Lake District National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage site - and Scotland. Add to that close to the spectacular North West coastline and you'll never be stuck for something to do outside of your studies. We offer all of this because our main aim is to prepare you for a future in crime scene investigation or forensic analysis by providing you with the scientific know-how that'll boost your job prospects. But, because you can develop key transferable skills too, such as problem-solving and critical analysis, our BSc Forensic Science will set you up for careers in other sectors including in the NHS and teaching.

Course details


Year One: Crime Scene Investigation, Chemistry for Forensic Scientists, Biology For Forensic Scientists, Forensic Evidence, Anatomy and Physiology, Laboratory Skills for Forensic Scientists. Year Two: Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Genetics, Science and Justice, Forensic Taphonomy, Commercial Applications of Forensic Science, Exploring Research. Year Three: Dissertation, Miscarriages of Justice, Death Investigation, Criminal and Commercial Investigation, Toxicology, Advanced Genetics.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

How to apply

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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

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Forensic Science at University of Cumbria - UCAS