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Liverpool John Moores University

Forensic Science

UCAS Code: F410

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

Entry requirements


Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

UCAS Tariff

104

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications. GCSE: Grade C or above in Science /equivalency

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Forensic science

You will spend a large proportion of your time in the lab, carrying out drug spot tests, analysing fingerprints, processing crime scenes and analysing DNA while studying the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science at Liverpool John Moores University.

- Opportunity to undertake a year's industrial placement

- Option to focus on biological or chemical aspects of analysis

- £6 million investment in teaching facilities, including specialist forensic analysis and scene-of-crime labs

- Opens up careers in the police, analytical laboratories, insurance or legal firms, independent forensic laboratories and the teaching sector

- Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

- This degree is available to study following a foundation year

- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

• Forensic Science Research Methods 1
• Crime Scene Investigation
• Forensic Chemistry
• Forensic Science
• Molecular Bioscience for Forensic Sciences
• Forensic Field Skills

Level 5

• Forensic Science Research Methods 2
•Trace Evidence Analysis
•Analytical Forensic Science
•Molecular Forensics
•Forensic Methods

The following options are typically offered:

•Investigation Skills
•Forensic Human Identification

Sandwich degree

•Year-long placement

Level 6

•Research Project
•Advanced Forensic Methods
•Expert Witness

The following options are typically offered:

•Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis
•Drug Analysis and Toxicology
•Forensic Bioscience
•Forensic Anthropological Genetics

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment methods

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed. This is why we use a range of assessment methods and a combination of exams and coursework for each module, though some practical modules are assessed by coursework only.

•Exams may include multiple choice, short answer, interpretative, problem-based learning and essay questions
•coursework may be in the form of phase tests, fieldwork/practical reports, data handling, oral presentations, poster presentations, podcasts, online or real-time group discussions, essays or practical skills evaluations

Some assignments are done in groups. Your final year research project will be assessed by literature review and scientific report plus an oral presentation.

Feedback is normally provided within three weeks of submission and may be via Canvas, face-to-face or as written comments. This is a vital part of the assessment process, as it gives you a chance to identify your successes and areas that may need further attention.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

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.

78%
med
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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

95%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Caring personal services
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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