Robert Gordon University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Forensic and Analytical Science

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Course summary

The role of analytical science in forensic investigations is becoming increasingly important due to the major developments in analytical chemistry and advances in molecular biology. Forensic Science involves the analysis of biological chemical or physical samples collected as evidence during a criminal investigation. The skills of the forensic scientist provide crucial scientific evidence which may link a suspect with the scene of the crime, the victim or the weapon. In addition, the key problem solving and analytical skills developed in forensic & analytical science are widely sought after in many other industrial sectors including the oil, gas, pharmaceutical and food industries. Our course was the first in Scotland to be accredited by the Forensic Science Society. It is accredited in all three of the Society’s Component Standards – Laboratory Analysis, Crime Scene Investigation, and Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence. It is delivered by highly experienced forensic practitioners and analytical scientists who are focused on providing you with the scientific and investigative skills you will need to succeed in this highly competitive profession.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Forensic Science Society

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We will consider the following qualifications for entry to year 2: SQA Advanced Higher: AB to include Chemistry. English and Maths are required at National 5 grade B or above if not held at Higher. GCE A Level: BCC to include Chemistry at grade B. English and Maths are required at GCSE grade 4/C or above if not held at A Level. A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £6750* Year 1
EU £6750* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £6750* Year 1
Northern Ireland £6750* Year 1
Wales £6750* Year 1
Channel Islands £6750* Year 1
International £15040* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees: The cost of books that you may wish to purchase. Costs associated with your placement / study abroad. Accommodation and Living costs. £30 per year - Specialist laboratory cost. £10 - Materials. £10 - Specialist Clothing.
Forensic and Analytical Science at Robert Gordon University - UCAS