This course covers topics such as the causes of criminal behaviour and whether criminals are born or made, as well as the legal aspects of forensic science. KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE:
- RANKINGS: The course was also ranked 5th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2022.
- ACCREDITATION: Study on a course fully accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science, reflecting its link to industry standards, student-centred approach, excellent facilities and focus on employability upon graduation.
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE FOCUS: Your studies will be underpinned by a strong focus on the criminal justice system and the legal aspects of forensic science. You’ll explore issues such as expert testimony and evidence, miscarriages of justice, the court process and the roles of the judge, jury and witnesses.
- FACILITIES: You'll have access to our specialist Crime Scene House with seven domestic and commercial crime scenes, we also have cars for mock crime scenes, and crown courts for presenting evidence. Our Crime Scene House also features a blood pattern analysis room.
- SCIENTIFIC EXPERIENCE: Hone your scientific skills in our forensic science laboratories. These include an osteology lab for skeletal study, a wet forensic lab, dark room for specialised light searching and photography, an entomology lab for insect investigation, and forensic imaging facilities.
- EXPERT TEACHING: You'll be taught by active researchers who have many years of commercial forensic experience. Guest speakers, such as criminal justice professionals, judges and lawyers, will also share their remarkable experiences with you.
- TAILORED TO YOU: There are plenty of opportunities to tailor your studies to match your personal interests and career aspirations through our wide selection of optional modules.
- First year modules will introduce you to key scientific skills as well as the principles of law, criminology and criminal justice. A range of modules at stages years two and three include trace evidence, miscarriages of justice or serious and organised crime, with options to explore wildlife crime, toxicology or victimology among others. For your final-year research project, you will have the chance to focus on a specialist theme of your choice. You'll have the opportunity to apply for a year-long placement to help develop the skills employers look for.
- You’ll be assessed through a range of mediums, including formal witness statements and expert testimony, as well as essays, laboratory reports, case studies, portfolios, and presentations.
- Our course gives you a solid foundation for success in a challenging and pioneering profession - you could follow in the footsteps of our many successful graduates and work within the criminal justice system, the police force, the prison service or forensic services. You could also pursue careers in broader areas such as insurance companies, law firms, pharmaceutical companies or private laboratories. The course equips you with the skills needed to take your studies to a higher level too as you could go on to study for an MSc, MPhil or PhD.
- This course is available with a Foundation Year option.
- This course is available with an Industrial Placement Year.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
English language requirements
IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test (SELT) at CEFR level B2 or above
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
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University of Derby
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