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Forensic Investigation (Honours), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Plymouth, United Kingdom
The Forensic Investigation (Honours) degree offered by Plymouth Marjon University readies students to apply science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) to crime scene investigation and criminological theory.
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Course Overview

The Forensic Investigation (Honours) degree offered by Plymouth Marjon University blends theory with practice through research and work placements within criminology focused organisations, which frame your knowledge with real life case studies. You'll also examine crime in the context in which it happens at the local, national and international arena. On campus you'll have access to realistic, simulated environments such as a forensic laboratory and crime scene house.

You'll understand how forensic science is employed within the criminal justice system and learn how to control, preserve, record, and recover evidence from a crime scene or other incident. You'll learn how to ask the questions relevant to investigating a crime, how to examine photographs and how to produce and present evidence in court.

Bringing you a blended criminology and forensic science degree, we merge the study of crime from a social perspective with crime scene investigation - the seizure of evidence - and with forensic science - the testing of physical evidence from crime scenes.

Why this course at Marjon?

  • Merge the study of crime from a social perspective with the science of gathering and testing physical evidence.
  • Perform your own research and work placements within criminology focused organisations.
  • Experience a range of analytical techniques
  • On campus facilities include forensic laboratories and simulated environments in Marjon's crime scene house.
  • We work with many partner agencies including Devon and Cornwall Police, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Derriford Hospital Emergency Department, Victim Support, Keir Housing, Youth Justice Board, Court Service Plymouth and Davenport Community Safety Programme.

Perfect if you're curious about:

  • What is evidence and how is it collected?
  • Once collected, how is evidence processed?
  • What is expert witnessing?
  • What research methods do we use when processing crime scenes and evidence?
  • Why do we have an obligation to victims of crime?
  • How does forensic science embed in the social context?

What might you become?

Career options include police forces, government departments, customs and excise, armed forces, defence services, public forensic laboratories, university research departments, coroner or mortician and working for companies that deal with specialised areas, such as fire investigation or insurance fraud.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Justice Careers
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Crime and Criminology
  • Understanding Research: Theory and Method
  • Methods in Crime Scene Investigations
  • Forensic Science

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • For entry applicants must have three A-levels at grades BBC or above including a science subject or Psychology, BTEC triple grades DMM or above, or Access 30-42 with 18D and GCSE English Language nd Maths or Science at grade 4 or grade C or above.
  • In addition to the above fees students are required to self-fund a lab coat at £10-20 and crime scene case kit at £15-25 as well as travel costs associated with placements and an annual trip within the UK.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Plymouth

  • 731 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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