University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forensic Science

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Course summary

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and closely aligned to professional standards, the degree is ideal for those who want to study a blend of science, law and investigation. It is unique in its coverage of the criminal and commercial applications of forensic science, opening up a wider range of employment opportunities. Course Overview You will study a unique approach to Forensic Science, encompassing not only 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. You won't just learn the theory, you'll be doing it in a hands-on session, including investigating complex crime scenes at our mock crime house, through working alongside serving professionals at our award-winning major incident event and applying practical laboratory skills to solving both criminal and commercial investigations in our state-of-the-art laboratories. On this course you will...

  • Study on a forensic science degree ranked in the top 10 nationally for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021).
  • Be supported to engage in real-world research and may end up presenting at national conferences on topics
  • Benefit from our approach to inter-professional and problem-based learning which is recognised for teaching excellence (Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2017 Finalist).
  • Discover how we take an interest in everyone as an individual and students consistently tell us how much they appreciate their individual time with dedicated tutors.
  • Study a blend of science, law and investigation, which is unique in its coverage of the criminal and commercial applications of forensic science.
What you will learn On this course 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. 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 working alongside serving professionals at our award-winning major incident exercise and applying practical laboratory skills to solving both criminal and commercial investigations in our state-of--art laboratories. 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

Course details

Professional bodies

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

  • Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
8T55
Institution code:
C99
Campus name:
Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Campus code:
F

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

Operated by the Office for Students
91%
Student satisfaction
76%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
94%
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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 £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Forensic Science at University of Cumbria - UCAS