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Forensic Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
B.Sc. Forensic Science degree course will prepare you for a career in a vital role in the UK and international criminal justice system through recent advances in analytical sciences and genetics.  


The Forensic Science programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. This degree will help to prepare you for a career as a Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO), a civilian forensic support role which assists the police / law enforcement to investigate serious crimes and obtain vital fingerprint or DNA evidence which is used to secure conviction at trial.   

Our well-equipped laboratories enable hands-on experience in applied techniques including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and gel electrophoresis. Our crime scene laboratory enables you to investigate simulated crime scene scenarios in a realistic manner. Other teaching methods include site visits, workshops, role-play and presentations. 

This is one of our most popular courses, which received a 100% satisfaction rating from students who have graduated from this course. 


The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science offers an excellent foundation for a rewarding career in a support services function with the following law enforcement and national security agencies: 

  • Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO) with Police Scotland / UK police forces 
  • HM Customs and Excise 
  • UK Border Force / Passport Control 

The transferable skills gained also make graduates attractive to many employers in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical industries: 

  • environmental protection 
  • accident investigation 
  • drug research 
  • chemical industry and  
  • biomedical sciences 


Upon completion you will automatically fulfil the academic requirements for admission as an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      4 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1

You will be introduced to concepts of forensic science including fingerprint development and reviews of relevant high-profile cases.  

Year 2

You will complete modules on classical and molecular genetics and analytical science. You will also complete modules in crime scene investigation and forensic probability. 

Year 3

You will begin to specialise in the treatment and analysis of evidence through modules which include extensive hands-on experience of instrumental techniques used routinely in forensic science investigations. This includes the study of arson (fires and explosions), fibre analysis, DNA profiling, chemical and biochemical analysis, toxicology and drugs.  

In year 3 you will also have the option to 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.  

You will complete modules in forensic examination including forensic biology, toxicology and forensic evidence and advanced analytical chemistry.  

You will also complete a supervised research dissertation in a subject area of your choice. 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Ensure that you have copies of all the documents required for your application. These include:

  • Qualification certificates/transcripts in English
  • English language proficiency test certificates
  • A signed academic reference on headed paper
  • CV in English
  • Proof of funding (if required)
  • Passport
  • Visa/CAS statement (if held)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12100 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

  • Channel Islands & Isle Of Man

£9,250 per year of study

Living costs for Paisley

  • 700 - 1400 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding for international students studying in Scotland.

However, there are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at UWS.

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