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University of Central Lancashire

Forensic Science and Chemical Analysis

UCAS Code: FF41

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


104 to 112 UCAS points at A2 including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

106 to 112 UCAS points including 15 level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 104 to 112 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects including HL Biology or Chemistry

104 to 112 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

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

D*D*

Applied Science required including 6 of the following modules at Merit: Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science, Unit 6: Using Mathematical Tools in Science, Unit 7: Mathematical Calculation for Science, Unit 8: Using Statistics in Science, Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems, Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction, Unit 13: Biochemistry and Biomechanical Techniques, Unit 15: Microbiological Techniques, Unit 16: Chemistry for Biology Technicians, Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Unit 19: Practical Chemical Analysis, Unit 21: Biomedical Science Techniques, Unit 22: Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Unit 26: Industrial Chemical Reactions, Unit 28: Industrial Application of Organic Chemistry

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

DMM

Applied Science required, including 6 of the following modules at Merit: Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science, Unit 6: Using Mathematical Tools in Science, Unit 7: Mathematical Calculation for Science, Unit 8: Using Statistics in Science, Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems, Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction, Unit 13: Biochemistry and Biomechanical Techniques, Unit 15: Microbiological Techniques, Unit 16: Chemistry for Biology Technicians, Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Unit 19: Practical Chemical Analysis, Unit 21: Biomedical Science Techniques, Unit 22: Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Unit 26: Industrial Chemical Reactions, Unit 28: Industrial Application of Organic Chemistry

104 to 112 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

104 to 112 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

UCAS Tariff

104-112

Including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science. Our typical offer is 104 to 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Forensic science

This course is part of one of the most respected suite of forensic science programmes in the country, if not the world, and graduating from it will give you a significant advantage when it comes to getting a job in this highly competitive field. It’s an integrated Master’s course, which means you’ll get all the training associated with a BSc degree with some Master’s level in the area of analytical chemistry too, further boosting your employability. You’ll study forensic investigation, forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic anthropology, ultimately specialising in forensic chemistry with an emphasis on the application of spectroscopic techniques in forensic science.

Our strong links with the local constabularies and hospital laboratories mean you’ll get the chance to undertake invaluable hands-on work experience.

Our courses are an excellent basis for employment in this competitive sector. Our graduates are at work in all sorts of forensic science settings - as crime scene investigators, police officers, scientific support personnel and intelligence analysts, at home and overseas.

Modules

Year 1: Compulsory modules; Crime Scene Science, Skills for Forensic Scientists, Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology, Biology for Forensic Scientists, Chemistry for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, Bones Bodies and Burials, Elective

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Criminalistics, Forensic Practice, Forensic Chemistry, Introduction to Forensic Genetics, Law for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Death Science, Forensic Anthropology

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Dissertation, Application of Forensic Science, Forensic Genetics, Advances in Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Toxicology

Year 4: Compulsory modules; Research Methods, Separation Science and Mass Spectrometry, Molecular Spectroscopy, Research Project (triple module)

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Forensic and Applied 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%
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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
92%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
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.

£19,200
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Protective service occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
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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