Staffordshire University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forensic Science (with a placement year)

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Course summary

Does the prospect of unravelling a crime scene’s mysteries excite you? Our Forensic Science degree, accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, is designed to give you the skills to succeed in a fascinating and vital sector. Our BSc Forensic Science degree will provide you with practical experience in crime scene processing and photography in our dedicated crime scene house and grounds. You will gain skills in the laboratory analysis of evidence types including fingermarks, trace evidence, footwear marks and digital, Forensic Biology (including analysis of body fluids, bloodstain interpretation, hair analysis and DNA profiling) and Forensic Chemistry (including drug profiling, analysis of explosives and the determination of blood alcohol concentration). A key emphasis will be the interpretation, evaluation and presentation of your findings. Our industry standard facilities include a crime scene house, specialist laboratories and equipment to capture fibre evidence and fingerprinting. You will also benefit from expert practitioner input into your degree through our Staffordshire Police Forensic Partnership. This version of the course also provides you with the opportunity to complete a work placement between the second and third years of the course - our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs. On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with a Placement Year.

Course details


Year 1: Introduction to Forensic Chemistry, Introduction to Forensic Biology, Crime Scene Processing, Case Studies in Criminal Justice, Practical Forensic Scientific Techniques, option module. Options include: Forensics in the Media, Fraud and Forgeries, Detection and Analysis of Drugs Year 2: Designing Research Projects, Analytical Methods in Forensic Science, Biological Methods in Forensic Science, Marks and Traces, two option modules Options include: Firearms Investigation, Forensic Archaeology, Vehicle Collision Investigation, Advanced Digital Evidence Processing, Chemical and Biological Interactions in Forensic Science, Forensic Anthropology in the 21st Century Year 3 – Placement Year Year 4: Forensic Research Project, Collection and Analysis of Evidence, Expert Witness and The Legal System, Modern Forensics, option module. Options include: Techniques in the Identification of Human Remains, Forensic Advice Clinic, Forensic Field School, Synthetic Chemistry for Forensic Science

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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
EU £14000 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

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Forensic Science (with a placement year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS