Forensic Sciences

Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Forensic Science is the application of scientific knowledge and techniques in support of the legal process. Thanks to advances in technology and an increased reliance on forensic techniques by police, this exciting but competitive industry is growing every day. You will be taught by forensic science practitioners who have come directly from industry. Re-enact and analyse crime scenes in our purpose-built crime scene house and high street bank. We can help you secure a summer internship or even a 12-month paid placement at a laboratory. Forensic science graduates are highly employable, both in the specialist arena of forensic investigation and in other areas requiring an enquiring, scientific and legal mind. Upon graduating, you are eligible to apply for associate membership to the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (ACSFS). You will also have the opportunity to study for one further year and graduate with an MSci in Forensic and Analytical Science - the only programme of its kind in Scotland. You'll graduate with a Masters level qualification and the prerequisites for Registered Scientist recognition by the Science Council.

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Biology Principles & Practice; Foundations of Chemistry 1 & 2; Introduction to Forensic Science, Practice & Techniques; Molecular Biology & Genetics; Special Topics in Forensic Biology; Forensic Chromatography & Spectroscopy; Forensic Trace Evidence; Forensic Applications of DNA, Substances of Abuse and Honours Project. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Human Physiology; Advanced Chemical Processes; Cell Biology & Immunology; Investigative Analytical Chemistry; Law; Advanced Forensic Examination & Analysis Techniques; Forensic Material Investigation; Fore & Explosives and Interpretation & Presentation of Evidence.

Assessment method

We offer a broad range of learning environments, including traditional lecture and tutorial format, student-led learning, interactive class sessions, practical and a substantial element of laboratory work. We encourage independent study, meaning that you take responsibility for your own learning. Your study is assessed with a variety of methods enabling you to demonstrate progress in different ways. Coursework typically includes laboratory reports, essays and oral presentations. Formal exams typically include questions that require either short answers or essays coupled with problem-solving of forensic-related challenges. In your final dissertation you are individually supported by an experienced research active member of staff. Lab reports, essays, oral presentations and exams. Year 1 is approximately 50% exam and 50% coursework. Year 4 is approximately 100% exam in some instances - not including final year project, which is coursework based.

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level CCC To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry For entry into Year 2 we would look for BBB to include Chemistry AND Biology or Human Biology
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Entry into Year 1 with Applied Science (all pathways) For entry into Year 2 we would look for DDD Applied Science
Scottish Higher BBBB To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry - National 5 Chemistry (or equivalent) must be present for entry into Year 1 in the absence of Higher Chemistry
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB Entry into Year 2 to include Chemistry AND Biology or Human Biology
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry at S5/H4
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3 To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Applied Sciences - Graded Unit B Bioscience - Graded Unit B Biomedical Science - Graded Unit B
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:- Applied Biological Science - Graded Unit B Applied Bioscience - Graded Units BB Applied Chemical Science - Graded Unit B Applied Science - Graded Unit B Biomedical Science - Graded Unit B Bioscience - Graded Unit B
HNC (BTEC) M Entry into Year 2 with an HNC (BTEC) in one of the following:- Applied Biology Applied Chemistry
HND (BTEC) M Entry into Year 2 with an HND (BTEC) in one of the following:- Applied Biology Applied Chemistry

Applicants should have National 5/GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or equivalent - Lifeskill Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths

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English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

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