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Biological and Forensic Sciences Coventry University Degree level: Undergraduate

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If you are fascinated with human biology and the scientific investigation of crime, our degree will enable you to learn all about human physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology/genetics, microbiology and the various disciplines within Forensic science.

You’ll be based in our new Alison Gingell Building Building, which provides an outstanding learning and research environment, which features a video-linked ‘crime scene’ house, outstanding analytical laboratory facilities and the largest Class II containment teaching laboratory in Europe, specifically designed to accommodate microbiology, cell culture, molecular biology/genetics, biochemistry and forensic science.

You’ll be taught by our experienced staff, many of whom bring professional or research expertise to their teaching. Mr Dan Matthews was an Operational Forensic Scientist and expert witness for many years with Key Forensics Services Ltd. His work spans many fields including particulates, fire debris and accelerants, body fluids and DNA. He has been commended by the Metropolitan Police for his work on high profile cases.

Coventry has an excellent reputation for evidence-based scientific research; our faculty possess expertise and have published in biochemistry, cell biology, genomic and molecular biology, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology. In your final year, you have the opportunity to collaborate on a research project, which in the past has led to students winning prizes at the Forensic Institute Research Network (FIRN) Midlands regional conference, attend the International Forensic Research and Teaching (FORREST) conference and publish articles in academic journals.

Throughout your studies, you will find that the course is underpinned with practical experience. Laboratory sessions will help to develop the practical skills needed for a career in a variety of biology and forensic roles. You will learn key experimental techniques and develop essential experimental, data handling, reporting and broader scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply to undertake short and long-term placements. Previously students have worked on revolutionary technologies for Cambridge Scientific Solutions, such as the removal of biofilm formations which foul beer lines in pubs, or the formulation of drug products for transdermal patch applications for Nemaura Pharmaceuticals.

In your final year, we tackle a simulated investigation to solve a ‘real-world’ problem, which involves the production of an expert witness statement and culminates in the presentation of evidence in a mock courtroom scenario.

Key Course Benefits

  • Free student membership of The Chartered Society of Forensic Science for final year students.

  • Former guest speakers have included: Derek Forrest OBE, Interpol’s lead on Disaster Victim Identification; a former student now working as a DNA analyst and a forensic scientist with many years’ experience of presenting evidence in court.

  • Hands-on experience of a wide range of laboratory technique techniques such as gene amplification.

  • Support applying for short and long-term placements in laboratory and industrial settings to gain the experience employers desire.

  • Based in new £37 million state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring largest Class II containment teaching lab in Europe; state-of-the-art analytical chemistry laboratory; video linked ‘crime-scene’ house.

  • Many of our staff professionally recognised as accredited Biomedical Scientists by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

  • Strong network of professional agencies and potential employers and excellent research links with Key Forensic Services Ltd and LGC Forensics Ltd.

Course details

Modules

Your main study themes are:

Human Biology Biology related to human beings, covering the disciplines of human: physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, immunology and oncology.

Forensic Science Crime scene protocols for recovery, physical, biological and chemical techniques for analysis, statistical interpretation and legal aspects governing presentation of evidence for the criminal justice system.

Laboratory Competence Generic and specialised skills in experimental biology, including experimentation and measurements on humans, anti-contamination and audit trail procedures, safety (eg. key laboratory skills and competencies, good laboratory practice) and ethical considerations.

Research Methods Critical analysis, reflection, information searching and experimental design in the biological sciences. Data collection, analysis and presentation.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Professional bodies

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

  • Royal Society of Biology
  • Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBC to include Biology. Excludes General Studies.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM in a Biological Science subject.
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology units. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English, Mathematics and two Sciences.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points to include a minimum of 5 points in Biology at Higher level.

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course.

The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary.

If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status and/or their tuition fee charges. Coventry University Group will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time.

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Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB


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