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Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Forensic Science

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

Produce graduates who are able to use forensic science techniques as investigative tools to assist the police and legal professions.

Produce graduates who are able to use forensic science techniques as investigative tools to assist the police and legal professions.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code F410
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021, 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?

This degree aims to:

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, 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

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths


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 various Forensic science providers. 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.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


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.

Pactical work takes place in our state of the art Rosalind Franklin Science Building and Locard House - Crime Scene Suite.

Students at the University have had Forensic work experience opportunities with the West Midlands Police.

There are also opportunities to study at EU Universities as part of the Erasmus Programme.

 

 

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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD, to include Biology or Chemistry.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma in Applied Science - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit, to include 36 credits in Science

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Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply

 

"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." 
 

Find out more on our Why Forensic Science? page

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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