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Forensic Science (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Forensic Science (Hons) course at Kingston University explores the collection, analysis and interpretation of scientific evidence, in an integrated approach, with significant casework training using real life case examples. This exciting area of science is delivered with expertise from professional forensic practitioners.


Year 1 at the Forensic Science (Hons) course at Kingston University offers a broad understanding of the major branches of biology and biochemistry. You will develop key laboratory skills, and learn to give detailed scientific explanations for the theory and practices used in modern forensic science. The Introduction to Forensic Science module gives an overview of types of forensic evidence, such as skeletal remains, forensic entomology, drugs, toxicology, GSR (gun shot residue), DNA analysis, crime scene investigation and fraudulent document analysis. IT, numeracy and study skills will be taught as part of these modules.

Year 2 introduces specialist topics in forensic science. These include DNA and human identification, advanced crime-scene analysis, counterfeits and forgeries and the application of analytical techniques to the analysis of trace evidence such as fire, fibres, glass and fingerprints. You will also be introduced to criminal law and receive expert witness training. This will culminate in the cross examination of expert witness testimony and opinion in a mock courtroom setting at Kingston Crown Court.

Year 3 provides you with the opportunity to study further forensic topics, including the analysis of body fluids, advanced DNA analysis, examination of crime scene exhibits, drugs, toxicology, fire investigation and ballistics. You can tailor your studies through the option modules in Advanced Analytical Techniques or Forensic Archaeology. You will also undertake an independent research project which will allow you to hone your skills in a specific area of forensic science which includes but is not limited to DNA analysis, crime scene investigation, forensic toxicology and drug analysis, GSR analysis, skeletal anatomy, analysis of fire evidence, questioned documents and document fraud.

Careers and progression

Graduates from this course are qualified to undertake employment in a range of environments, including forensic laboratories, policing, analytical chemistry laboratories, DNA testing services, hospitals and private consultancies. This degree also provides a foundation for further undergraduate study, postgraduate study and training.

Types of jobs:

  • Forensic evidence examiner
  • DNA casework examiner
  • Analytical scientist
  • Forensic toxicologist and illicit drug confirmation casework examiner
  • Junior Scene of Crime Officer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      4 years with a foundation year
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • The Biochemical Foundations of Life
  • Scientific and Laboratory Skills
  • Genes, Cells and Tissues
  • Crime Scene, Evidence and Law
  • Analytical Science
  • Research Methods and Topics in Forensic Biology
  • Counterfeits, Fakes and Forgeries OR Policing and Punishment

        English Language Requirements

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        • Minimum required score:


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        Academic Requirements

        • A-levels 104 points. Subjects: one A-level or equivalent required in Biology, Chemistry or Science at a C grade or above; two science A-levels desirable; General Studies not accepted.
        • BTEC in appropriate Science subjects accepted (112 points). 
        • GCSE: Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*–C (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE gradings), including Mathematics and English Language.
        • Tariff points for AS levels completed but not carried forward to A2 level are included in points total.

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          14200 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 14200 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 London

        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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