University of Bradford

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forensic and Medical Sciences (with a placement year)

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Course summary

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This course develops core skills in the biological sciences, and their application in medical sciences and forensic casework. The emphasis is in the biosciences then shifts towards disease processes, and limitations of forensic investigation of a wide range of physical evidence types. The final year develops your professional skills through a forensic research dissertation. In addition to the pursuit of core sciences, forensic investigation in the areas of anthropology and topics relating to archaeology and the degradation of human remains and physical materials are studied, which will develop your skills in forensic interpretation. Placement year You can spend a year in a laboratory environment as a paid employee of an approved organisation. This experience allows you to apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems, learn about work practices, and improve your career prospects. Professional accreditation This course is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Rankings We are ranked 3rd in the UK for Forensic Science in the Complete University Guide 2020.

Course details


Year 1: Cell and Tissue Biology (core), Human Genetics and Developmental Biology (core), Introductory Biochemistry (core), Introductory Microbiology (core), Principles of Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation (core), Scientific Practice 1 (core), Scientific Practice 2 (core) Year 2: Cellular Pathology (core), Clinical Biochemistry (core), Forensic Examination and Analysis of Physical Evidence (core), Medical Microbiology (core), Molecular Genetics (core), Analytical Biochemistry (option), English Legal Systems 1 (option), English Legal Systems 1 & 2 (option), Haematology and Transfusion Science (option), Immunology (option), Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Systems 1 (option), Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Systems 2 (option), Personal, Professional and Expert Witness Skills (option), Toxicology (option) Year 3: Industrial Placement (Diploma Industrial Studies) (core) Year 4: Interpretation & Presentation of Forensic Evidence (core), Medical Genetics (core), Research Project (core) ,Biology of Disease (option), Biometrics and Human Identification (option), Electron Microscopy (option), Forensic Anthropology (option), Introduction to Forensic Archaeology for Forensic Scientists (option), Introduction to Forensic Taphonomy (option), Introduction to the Chemistry of Human Remains (option), Research Topics 1 in Medical Cell Pathology (option), Research Topics in Medical Biochemistry 1 (option), Research Topics in Medical Microbiology 1 (option)

Assessment method

You will demonstrate your achievement via written closed-book examinations using constructed- (essays, short answers) and selected response (MCQ) questions and a variety of coursework assignments, including laboratory reports, oral presentations and dissertation. The development of learning outcomes will be through involvement in laboratory, small-group workshops, case-based work and projects (individual and small group). They will be assessed by critical appraisal, case analysis and critique, case presentations, laboratory reports and dissertation. Your performance whilst in work will be assessed by your line-manager or work-place supervisor, and on completion of the placement, you will submit a written report and present a poster in the early part of the final year, both of which will also be assessed. These assessments are made to measure your communication skills in formal reports and in poster presentation to a range of audiences.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the University. English Language requirements for International and EU applicants: The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent). However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5. Conditional offers to international students will be made on this basis.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £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 £18420* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Forensic and Medical Sciences (with a placement year) at University of Bradford - UCAS