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Staffordshire University

Forensic Biology

UCAS Code: F490

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Must include A Level in Biology at Grade C or above Other A Level combinations possible to achieve required points. Can be combined with AS levels/Extended Project to achieve required points

AS

A-E

Extended Project

A*-E

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

D*-P

Not available

Not available

Not available

Not available

Not available

Not available

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D*,P

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*-PP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D*,P

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science Grade combinations below 120 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve required points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*-P

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C

This must include a Pass in a related subject from Advanced Highers or B in a related subject from Highers.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

This must include a Pass in a related subject. Where only Highers have been taken must include a B in a related subject.

UCAS Tariff

120

We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field. Subject specific requirements in related subjects apply to this course Don't worry if you can't see your specific qualification listed, just contact our team of experts on 01782 294400 or email us at enquiries@staffs.ac.uk for further advise

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Biology

Forensic science

This course covers modern developments involving the application of biosciences in relation to the field of forensic science.

It's ideal if you're interested in the practical application of science, providing exciting opportunities for hands-on scientific training. Topics such as DNA profiling, poison analysis, toxicology, drug identification, blood pattern analysis and the identification of human remains are covered.

The main activities in this course utilise specialist labs in our multi-million-pound Science Centre and our purpose-built crime scene house, which are designed to simulate a real-world approach to the topics being studied.

If you want to study for an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters MSci course in Forensic Biology. This will give you advanced knowledge, skills and research experience, enabling you to move directly into research and related careers in forensic, crime and life sciences.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Forensic Biology

Modules

Year 1 Core: Biosciences Concepts and Practice, Introduction to Forensic Science, Biological Principles for Forensic Sciences

Year 2 Core: Professional Practice and Placement, Methods of Crime Detection, DNA Profiling and Forensic Biology
Year 3 Core: Research Project, Advanced DNA Profiling, Current Advances in Biosciences, Toxicology, Expert Witness & the Legal System

Year 4 Core: Advanced Research Methods, Life Sciences Placement or Biological Research Assistantship, Advanced Biological Techniques, Specialist Topics in the Biosciences

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)

Department:

Life Sciences and Education

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.

83%
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.

Biology (non-specific)

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
31%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
D

Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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
89%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

Biology (non-specific)

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Natural and social science professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

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
93%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
14%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£16k

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Forensic science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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