Forensic Science BSc Hons (Sandwich)UCAS Code: F410
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% applicants receiving offers83%
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Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Forensic science is the application of science in support of the legal process. This degree will equip you with essential knowledge and skills in biological and chemical sciences necessary for a career in this field. You will gain hands-on experience in our well-equipped laboratories and investigate typical crime scene scenarios in a realistic manner. The optional sandwich degree award offers the benefit of a paid industry placement. Study abroad opportunities are available The police and customs and excise are obvious employers; however, work in environmental protection, accident investigation, drug research, the chemical industry and biomedical sciences is possible. Graduates also continue studies in forensic science on taught MSc programmes and in postgraduate research. BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC) – conditions apply, see our website for full details. Career prospects The police and customs and excise are the obvious employers. However, work in environmental protection, accident investigation, drug research, the chemical industry and biomedical sciences is possible. Graduates also continue studies in forensic science on taught MSc programmes and in postgraduate research. Placement/Work-based learning For students interested in gaining practical experience, the optional sandwich degree award offers the benefit of a paid industry placement. Study abroad You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations. Professional recognition BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC). Successful application is dependent on undergraduate module and project selection. Useful Information 94% of students in work/further study six months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)
Course content Recent advances in analytical sciences and genetics have greatly increased the power of forensic science, ensuring the scientist is central to solving many criminal cases. Our well-equipped laboratories enable hands-on experience in techniques including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and gel electrophoresis. The crime scene laboratory enables you to investigate typical crime scene scenarios in a realistic manner. Other teaching methods include site visits, workshops, role-play and presentations. Year 1 Studies include fingerprint development and reviews of relevant high-profile cases. Transferable skills are fully integrated into the programme. Year 2 Studies include classical and molecular genetics and analytical science. Science content is developed alongside programmes covering crime scene investigation and forensic probability Year 3 Specialist modules are undertaken alongside extensive hands-on experience of instrumental techniques used routinely in forensic science investigations. Optional Industrial Placement You may undertake a year’s paid work experience between years 3 and 4 as part of the Honours sandwich programme. Year 4 Specialist modules will deepen your understanding of analytical sciences, toxicology, criminalistics and physical evidence. An individual project in a related area is undertaken over two trimesters. The skills gained makes graduates attractive to the forensic science sector and also to many employers in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
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