Abertay University

Forensic Sciences Abertay University Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.




Northern Ireland



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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code F410
Institution code A30
Campus name Abertay Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level CCC To include Chemistry at A Level and GCSE Biology or Combined Science or Applied Science at C/4 or better

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 Chemistry at Higher and National 5 Biology at C
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
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points To include Chemistry and Biology at Middle Year at 4 or equivalent
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3 To include Chemistry at Higher Level and Biology at Ordinary Level at C or better
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB Entry into Year 2 to include Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology
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

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.

List of English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1,820 Year 1
International £13,800 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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