Produce graduates who are able to use forensic science techniques as investigative tools to assist the police and legal professions.
Enable you to develop your skills in scientific and critical thinking as well as independent study.
In addition, if you choose to undertake a sandwich degree, the course will allow you to acquire technical skills in the workplace and enable you to integrate knowledge gained in the theoretical aspects of the course into the professional environment.
Watch our video featuring students and staff to find out what it is like to study Forensic Science at the University of Wolverhampton.
What happens on the course?
Year 1 - This exciting course introduces you to the world of the forensic scientist and crime scene investigator as well as providing the science that you will need to become a practising forensic analyst. These include key topics in genetics, biochemistry and cell biology together with an introduction to the legal system within which forensic scientists work. The course will deliver introductory modules in methods of forensic analysis and the role of forensic science in modern society.
Year 2 - You will engage with the major subject areas within forensic science, including the considerations of evidence gathering at crime scenes. The use of DNA and insects in forensic work will be covered, as will the examination of chemicals as evidence. The information that bones and gravesites can tell us are also important aspects covered by the course. In addition, you will be introduced to methods for analysing handwriting, soil, weapons and bullets and bloodstains found at scenes of crime. You will have regular opportunities to put theory to practise in an extensive range of practical sessions, including crime scene investigation.
Year 3 - If you choose not to opt for a work placement in , you move directly to your final year where you will study the science behind the work of forensic pathologists and toxicologists, examine in more detail many of the analytical techniques used by forensic scientists and experience the application of your knowledge and skills in the court room environment. We prepare you for working in a laboratory environment and for management roles in that sector by considering issues associated with laboratory management. Your Honours project will consist of a thorough piece of scientific research investigating an important area of forensic science.
Watch our short video below about our firearm examination facilities
BSc Forensic Science is one of the first three courses in the U.K. to receive endorsement from forensic Skillsmark
Wolverhampton was the first University in the West Midlands to receive full accreditation from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) for BSc Forensic Science. A recent surveillance visit, re-accrediting the course, praised us for the quality of the award.
Forensic Science graduates have excellent job prospects. According to unistats.com, 85% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving, placing us in the top 10 universities for employability.
The University has an exclusive Forensic work experience opportunity with the West Midlands Police.
There are opportunities to study at EU Universities as part of the Erasmus Programme.
Forensic Science graduates have excellent job prospects. According to unistats.com, 85% of our graduates are in employment within 6 months of leaving, placing us in the top 10 universities for employability.
Employment opportunities exist for you with the Forensic Science Sector both with independent providers of forensic analysis and police scientific work, insurance companies, legal firms and independent forensic laboratories.
Examples of possible future careers include scene of crime work, quality assurance in food and pharmaceutical manufacturing, trading standards, public and industrial health and safety, and accident investigation.
You could also train to become a science teacher or continue your studies as a postgraduate either on a Masters course or PhD.
Some of our graduates are working for LGC Forensics and Key Forensics as forensic scientists.
Others are working for the West Midlands Police, West Mercia Police, Staffordshire Police and the Leicestershire Constabulary as crime scene investigators, fingerprint and footwear analysts, criminal intelligence analysts and police officers.
What skills will you gain?
You will have studied one of the most exciting areas within science.
You will be a highly articulate individual capable of explaining science in non-specialist language.
You will also be literate, numerate and have a high level of IT skills making you well equipped for today’s workplace.
You will be able to carry out laboratory analysis and will have the ability to enter any type of laboratory work and achieve within that employment sector.
You will have gained a broad scientific knowledge in both Biology and Chemistry and so are able to deal with both subject areas.
What our students say
"During my degree I had the opportunity to study a Forensic Anthropology module, which ignited an unquenchable interest in ‘bones and bodies.’ Because of this, I went on to study for a Masters in Forensic and Biological Anthropology. I am now back at the University completing my Ph.D. research on post mortem decomposition."
"During the course I found that all of the lecturers were very knowledgeable, approachable and caring. I was quite ill during my last year but allowances were made which helped me cope. I always felt there was someone to turn to when I needed help."
"Last year, I landed a dream job! As a Criminal Intelligence Analyst with the West Midlands Police I help to reduce crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour. To get the job, I had to show that I had both the ability to work analytically and a logical way of thinking. The Forensic Science degree at Wolverhampton was the perfect preparation for this! The final year project was especially useful, because it helped me to develop the analytical skills I need for the job and gave me the confidence to present my work, which are both important aspects of my new job."
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
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Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information
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The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.