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University of South Wales

Forensic Biology

UCAS Code: B790

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

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Forensic biology

Forensic science

Are you fascinated by the process of conducting DNA analysis to investigate the scene of a crime? Forensic biology is a specialist discipline within the forensic sciences that focuses on evidence of a biological nature. Forensic biologists analyse evidence such as blood, hair and other body fluids to identify unique characteristics such as DNA. They also work with other forensic scientists to investigate crimes against individuals and natural disasters.

As one of the first UK universities to offer a Forensic Biology degree, we’ve been nurturing investigative minds for over a decade, and can help you on the path to your career in forensic biology. Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our exciting and practical Forensic Biology course covers a wide range of sciences, from criminalistics to toxicology, giving you an excellent grounding for a career in forensic biology and forensic investigation.

Modules

The Forensic Biology degree covers a wide range of sciences, from criminalistics to organic chemistry. It will develop the concepts of crime scene investigation protocol. You will also gain scientific knowledge of the chemical and biological analytical techniques used to assist investigations.

The first year of your Forensic Biology degree introduces you to the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in biological, analytical chemistry and crime scene investigation employed within forensic investigation.

The second year of your Forensic Biology degree will enhance your practical skills and theoretical knowledge through forensic evidence and forensic imaging. You will develop your skills in applying analytical chemistry techniques and your understanding of biological science through molecular biology and medical microbiology.

In the third year, you will study advanced modules and critically analyse forensic case studies, as well as forensic microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. You will study toxicology and clinical biochemistry, as well as advanced biological analyses that involve genetics, DNA and biological anthropology.

Year One: Forensic Biology Degree
Introduction to Forensic Science
Introduction to Criminalistics
Introduction to Forensic Biology
Organic Chemistry
Biological Chemistry
Mathematics Workshop
Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists
Year Two: Forensic Biology Degree
Forensic Evidence
Volume Crime Scene Examination
Analytical Chemistry
Molecular Biology and an Introduction to Forensic Genetics
Metabolism and Biochemistry
Medical Microbiology
Year Three: Forensic Biology Degree
Research Professional Practice and Employability in Forensic Sciences
Toxicology
Human Molecular Genetics and Forensic DNA Analysis
Forensic Microscopy and X-Ray Analysis
Human Variation and Forensic Anthropology
Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology

The Uni


Course location:

Pontypridd

Department:

Applied Sciences

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What students say


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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

81%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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Staff value students' opinions

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