University of Derby

Forensic Science with Criminology University of Derby Degree level: Undergraduate

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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:

  • STUDENT SATISFACTION: 96% of our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology students said they are satisfied with teaching on the course in the National Student Survey 2019.

  • RANKINGS: Forensic Science at Derby is ranked third for student satisfaction with teaching in the Guardian University Guide 2020. It is also in the Top 10 for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2019, and Top 10 for student experience according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

  • 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.

WHAT YOU'LL COVER:

  • 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 observe a postmortem and apply for a year-long placement to help develop the skills employers look for.

HOW YOU'RE ASSESSED:

  • 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.

YOUR CAREER:

  • 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.

STUDY OPTIONS:

  • This course is available with a Foundation Year option.

  • This course is available with an Industrial Placement Year.

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!

Application codes

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Course code F410
Institution code D39
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc including at least a grade C in either Biology or Chemistry A Level (or equivalent qualification). We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.
A level BBB At least a grade C at A level in Biology and/or Chemistry (or equivalent qualification). This also includes Applied Science, a BTEC Science subject or Access Science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
M: 24 credits
P: 6 credits
Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Must include passes in compulsory L3 subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification


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


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 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

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University of Derby
Kedleston Road
Derby
DE22 1GB


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