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University of Bradford

Forensic and Medical Sciences

UCAS Code: FB49

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS tariff points to include A Level Chemistry or Biology minimum grade B with passes in any Science practicals.

As UCAS tariff. Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry or Biology at minimum Distinction.

112 UCAS tariff points to include Higher Level Chemistry or Biology at grade 6 plus two other Higher Level subjects at grade 5. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B. (Language A: Literature, Literature and Performance and Language ab initio are not accepted).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

As UCAS Tariff. Science subject required. Must include a minimum of three Chemistry or Biology related units.

As UCAS tariff. To include Advanced Higher Biology or Chemistry at grade B. Applicants should also have grade C or above in English, Maths and Science Ordinary subjects.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 UCAS tariff points to include A Level Chemistry or Biology minimum grade B plus GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Others in subjects allied to medicine

Forensic science

The course focuses on developing your core skills in the biological sciences, and their application in medical sciences and forensic casework. Includes: foundations of forensic and crime scene examination; normal structure and function of cells, tissues, organs and organisms, and the techniques and procedures available for their investigation; disease processes; and the limitations of forensic investigation of a range of physical evidence types.

Modules

Year 1: Cell and Tissue Biology (core), Human Genetics and Developmental Biology (core), Introductory Biochemistry (core), Introductory Microbiology (core), Principles of Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation (core), Scientific Practice 1 (core), Scientific Practice 2 (core) Year 2: Cellular Pathology (core), Clinical Biochemistry (core), Forensic Examination and Analysis of Physical Evidence (core), Medical Microbiology (core), Molecular Genetics (core), Analytical Biochemistry (option), English Legal Systems 1 (option), English Legal Systems 1 & 2 (option), Haematology and Transfusion Science (option), Immunology (option), Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Systems 1 (option), Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Systems 2 (option), Personal, Professional and Expert Witness Skills (option), Toxicology (option) Year 3: Interpretation & Presentation of Forensic Evidence (core), Medical Genetics (core), Research Project (core), Biology of Disease (option), Biometrics and Human Identification (option), Electron Microscopy (option), Forensic Anthropology (option), Introduction to Forensic Archaeology for Forensic Scientists (option), Introduction to Forensic Taphonomy (option), Introduction to the Chemistry of Human Remains (option) Research Topics 1 in Medical Cell Pathology (option), Research Topics in Medical Biochemistry 1 (option), Research Topics in Medical Microbiology 1 (option)

Assessment methods

You will demonstrate your achievement via written closed-book examinations using constructed - (essays, short answers) and selected response (MCQ) questions and a variety of coursework assignments, including laboratory reports, oral presentations and dissertation. The development of outcomes will be through involvement in laboratory, small-group workshops, case-based work and projects (individual and small group). They will be assessed by critical appraisal, case analysis and critique, case presentations, laboratory reports and dissertation.

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
£17,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bradford

Department:

School of Archaeological and Forensic 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.

75%
low
Others in subjects allied to medicine
79%
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.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

85%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate
331

Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

80%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
47%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
A
303

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.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

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.

95%
low
Employed or in further education
77%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
6%
Teaching and educational professionals
6%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This subject covers a group of related subjects, like audiology, speech therapy and degrees associated with language development. Speech therapy dominates and most graduates in this group go into jobs as speech therapists. About a fifth had studied audiology - there are not many audiology graduates each year in the UK, and they usually go on to jobs as — you guessed it — audiologists (mostly in hospitals but increasingly on the high street). Speech science or therapy graduates often go straight into speech therapy jobs when they graduate, although you don’t absolutely have to be a speech therapist if you take the course. There's a demand for graduates from all these courses and prospects are good.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
73%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Librarians and related 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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

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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.

Physical sciences

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

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£17k

£19k

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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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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