Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Forensic Science with Sandwich Placement

MSci (Hons) Sandwich 5 years

The Master in Forensic Science degree is a four year undergraduate degree where the final year is studied completely at Masters level.

The Master in Forensic Science degree is a four year undergraduate degree where the final year is studied completely at Masters level.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code 59F4
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MSci (Hons)
  • Study Mode Sandwich
  • Course Length Sandwich (5 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences
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Why choose this course?

The Master in Forensic Science degree is a four year undergraduate degree where the final year is studied completely at Masters level. This course gives a broad education in the core areas of Forensic Science. It introduces students to the latest developments in the Forensic Science and investigation and develops key practical and research skills. Once a thorough education in a broad range of Forensic Science has been accomplished this course allows you to study forensic science in more depth by specialising in areas such as identification of human remains or forensic mark analysis. Research projects are linked to active research within the University. Employment is available in numerous forensic companies, the police, scene of crime units and analytical companies. This Masters course can lead to careers in research and further study at PhD level.


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. You will start developing your research skills by undertaking a project development module, which will also involve an extended research-based practical.  The honours project will consist of a thorough piece of scientific research investigating an important area of forensic science.
Year 4 - Develops and extends your research experience by continuing the project that was begun in year 3. You will have a wide range of topics to study from the investigation of scenes of fire, through the role that crime scene marks play in forensic investigation to the exciting world of identifying the deceased in the investigation of crime or dealing with the unfortunate events surrounding mass fatality incidents.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths


  • Forensic Science graduates have excellent job prospects. According to unistats.com, 75% of our graduates are in employment within 6 months of leaving, whilst 45% find “graduate level” jobs, placing us in the top 15 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 the Forensic Science Service, 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.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


  • Wolverhampton was the first University in the West Midlands to receive full accreditation from the Forensic Science Society (FSSoc) for BSc Forensic Science. A recent surveillance visit, re-accrediting the course, praised us for the quality of these awards.
  • Unistats states that over a three year period 20% of our BSc Forensic Science graduates gain a first-class honours with another 50% gaining an upper-second class degree.
  • BSc Forensic Science is one of the first three courses in the UK to receive endorsement from forensic Skillsmark. We will be seeking re-endorsement for this award.
  • BSc (hons) Forensic Science is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), meaning the course meets the requirements for RSC associate membership upon graduation.
  • Forensic Science graduates have excellent job prospects. According to unistats.com, 75% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving, whilst 45% find “graduate level” jobs, placing us in the top 15 universities for employability.
  • The University has an exclusive Forensic work experience opportunity with the West Midlands Police.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2022-23
International Sandwich £13450 per year 2021-22
International Sandwich £13950 per year 2022-23

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

  • 128 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades ABB or AAC, to include Chemistry and Biology.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma in Applied Science - grades DDM
  • Access to Science HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits - 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit   


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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

Contextual Offers

The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


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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