Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Forensic Science

MSci (Hons) Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 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 59F3
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award MSci (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

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/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
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

2019 Entry

  • A-level minimum of ABB or AAC to include Chemistry and Biology.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade DDM.
  • 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 here

Other requirements

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.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

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.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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