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Bournemouth University

Forensic Science

UCAS Code: F413

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


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90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Forensic science

Exploring crime scene science, toxicology, chemistry, and molecular biology, amongst other captivating subjects, this degree, designed to be one of the most modern and relevant of its kind, has been engineered to give you a broad understanding of the theory and practice of forensic science.

You’ll be educated by professional practitioners and industry-seasoned guest speakers, in state-of-the art labs using cutting-edge equipment, plus you’ll get to participate in multiple field trips.

You’ll pick subject modules that suit your own interests and career ambitions, and there’s an opportunity to complete a five or 30-week placement, which can be carried out anywhere in the world.

Graduates can be expected to move on to work within industry areas such as forensic science, forensic and biomedical research, law enforcement and healthcare to name a few. The roles you can expect to move into include those as a Forensic Scientist, Lab Technician, Biological Scientist, Biochemist and more.

95% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education, 2018).

Modules

You will study a range of subjects including: cell biology, chemistry, crime scene, forensic science, forensic toxicology as well as core units there are option units in order to tailor your study.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bournemouth University

Department:

Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
low
Forensic science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,500
high
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The statistics here primarily reflect the prospects for forensic science graduates - they make up over three quarters of the group. While there are not a lot of jobs available in forensics itself just at the moment, reflected in the overall unemployment rates for forensic science graduates, there are still jobs for graduates from these subjects as they learn useful analysis techniques that some employers can find in short supply. Last year's graduates went into analysis work in labs, technician roles and general research, and for those looking a little wider, business roles and management also employed forensics graduates. Some graduates join the police with this degree and that can be a good source of sponsorship and work experience.

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