From sharp force trauma to spectra, from bones to bugs... Wrexham Glyndŵr University will prepare you for an exciting career in science. This degree has been designed to provide a detailed knowledge of numerous scientific disciplines and how they can be applied to investigate a wide range of crimes. The programme has been tailored to train students to become competent and skilled scientists, able to conduct the analysis of materials, interpret complex results, and present their evidence as expert witnesses. Students will: be trained in a wide variety of fields, including crime scene investigation, biology and chemistry use our dedicated laboratories, crime scene house, and taphonomic facility (body farm) to test and hone your scientific skills benefit from our long-term collaborations with partners including North Wales Police, companies specialising in areas such as search dog training and the analysis of human remains, as well as analytical companies that provide students with opportunities to perform frontier research and publish papers Highly specialised facilities including a dedicated crime scene investigation house, located right on the campus, and the first, and only, licensed body farm in Wales for taphonomic study and research Highly experienced, research and case active staff delivering hands-on practical session with modern laboratory equipment Opportunities to attend a number of course-related trips and events including conferences in forensic science and eligibility for Student Membership of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (additional costs apply) Inclusive and supportive teaching with tutorial support available through the medium of Welsh Established partnerships with a number of industries in the areas of forensic, chemical, analytical and materials science including collaboration with North Wales Police on research projects in forensic investigation *The course is top in Wales for overall satisfaction and first in Wales and 6th in the UK for teaching, (WGU analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data). Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction, Complete University Guide 2020 You can also choose to study this course with a foundation year BSc (Hons) Forensic Science (four years including foundation year) UCAS Code: 7F28
The course covers the three key elements of forensic science, namely: the search and recovery of evidence; biological (including DNA), chemical and physical analysis; and the presentation of evidence in court. The course is highly practical which equips students with all the skills needed for career development. YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) Introduces a broad range of scientific knowledge and skills covering mathematics, statistics, biology and chemistry etc. Meanwhile, the students are also educated with fundamentals in forensic science, criminal justice and crime scene investigation. Intensive practice in both lab and crime scene house is an important part of this year. MODULES Cell Biology Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory Chemical Analysis Maths and Statistics for Science Forensic Evidence and Criminal Justice Crime Scene Investigation YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) Builds on and expands your portfolio of study, introducing skills in advanced instrumental analysis and contemporary knowledge in forensic biology and human identification workshops. Both hands-on experience and research methodology will be emphasised. MODULES Forensic Biology Analytical Methods Anatomy, Pathology and the Forensic Examination of Human Remains Instrumental Analysis Laboratory Instrumental Analysis Research Methods: Theory and Practice YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) The final year leads students into specific areas of forensic science, including taphonomy (decomposition), drugs and toxicology, and presentation of evidence in court etc. You will carry out a research project in a field of your choice. MODULES Forensic Taphonomy Drugs and Toxicology Science in Court Forensic Investigation of Mass Fatalities Research Project The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
A broad range of assessment methods are used; these include task-based exercises, crime scene and courtroom scenarios, oral and poster presentations, essays and laboratory reports, and written exams. Each module is assessed by a variety of methods, enabling students to display their full potential. A project dissertation will form one of the final parts of your assessment. TEACHING AND LEARNING Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available. Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research. Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject-specific and key skills. Independent learning is promoted through guided study or feedbacks given to students.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
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Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
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