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Criminal prosecutions depend on evidence which has been safely and appropriately collected, stored, examined, analysed and reported by forensic scientists. The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science Course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and provides graduates with the skills to follow a range of careers in forensic science and other analytical science-related fields. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.
This course will teach you the fundamental principles of forensic science from crime scene to court. You’ll learn how to analyse and investigate a range of evidence at crime scenes and in the forensic laboratory. In the first year of your degree, you will cover key forensic concepts including how to package evidence correctly and perform preliminary tests for body fluids and drugs of abuse. You will also gain knowledge in the scientific disciplines to equip you for the more advanced analytical modules you will encounter as the degree progresses. During your degree you will have the opportunity to analyse a range of ‘real’ samples including ignitable liquid residues, drugs of abuse, trace evidence such as paint and fibres and biological material. By the time you graduate, you will have developed an understanding of the UK legal system and your role in it as a forensic scientist. You will be able to present your observations and conclusions as evidence in a court of law. You will also have learnt how to conduct thorough, independent research, and feel confident about presenting comprehensive reports, both verbally and in writing.
You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of a range of analytical techniques including Raman spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission (ICP-OES) spectroscopy, Microspectrophotometry (MSP) and various Gas Chromatography (GC) and Liquid- Chromatography (LC) instruments with different detection systems. For biological analysis we have a range of instruments available including a Nanodrop 1000 spectrophotometer, Qubit fluorometer, Lightcycler 96 real-time PCR system and an AB 3130 genetic analyser. In addition, we have a variety of microscopes available including comparison, polarizing light and confocal, as well as a selection of specialised forensic equipment.
Our lecturers are all research-active and have first-hand experience of crime scene examination or the analysis of forensic evidence. As well as benefitting from their knowledge, you’ll have guest lectures from visiting professionals and get an understanding of the workplace through visits to places such as the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, and other field trips.
Studying this course qualifies you to become a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
Year one, core modules
Introduction to Forensic Methodologies
Introduction to Biology and Forensic Chemistry
UK Law and Legal Systems
Introduction to Police and Forensic Photography
Physical and Quantitative Chemistry for Forensic Scientists
Year two, core modules
Forensic Spectroscopy Techniques
Scene and Laboratory Investigation
Forensic Analytical Chemistry
The Forensic Analysis of DNA
Year three, core modules
Advanced Fire and Explosion Investigations
Advanced Forensic Methodologies
The Forensic Analysis of Drugs and Poisons
Undergraduate Major Project
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. This course has a hands-on approach, so a lot of your assessment will be through practical work. You’ll also do exams, essays, portfolios, role plays and presentations.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Cambridge Campus|
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
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including grade C in Biology or Chemistry|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.|
2020 entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when Apply opens for the exact requirements.
If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic Level - with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttp://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/forensic-science
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|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|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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