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Forensic Biology, B.Sc.

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  • 36 months
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It's ideal if you're interested in the practical application of science, providing exciting opportunities for hands-on scientific training. Topics such as DNA profiling, poison analysis, toxicology, drug identification, blood pattern analysis and the identification of human remains are covered.

The main activities in this course utilise specialist labs in our multi-million-pound Science Centre and our purpose-built crime scene house, which are designed to simulate a real-world approach to the topics being studied.

If you want to study for an advanced qualification, we offer an integrated Masters MSci course in Forensic Biology. This will give you advanced knowledge, skills and research experience, enabling you to move directly into research and related careers in forensic, crime and life sciences.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology.

In Year 1, you’ll develop a strong understanding of biological principles supporting your degree, together with the underpinning scientific approach to evidence collection and working in a crime scene.

In your 2nd year, you’ll develop your understanding of the key biological areas used in criminal investigations, including DNA profiling and the evidential use and analysis of biological fluids and tissue material. You’ll also develop key skills such as scientific questioning, scientific and forensic reporting and project planning.

If you are following the BSc (Hons) route, you can opt for the sandwich version of this course where the placement opportunity, with a relevant graduate organisation, lasts a whole year.

In your final year, you’ll complete an experimental project focused on your interests in forensic biology. You’ll also study subjects such as toxicology, techniques in identification of human remains and advanced DNA profiling. Your expanding biological knowledge will be developed within the context of current legal processes and will go hand in hand with the development of expert witness skills in our mock courtrooms.


On graduation your skillset is primarily that of a forensic biologist but will also provide a suitable basis for a wide range of scientific areas, including the broader field of forensics, research laboratories, any industries utilising bio-analytical techniques, for example, toxicological, environmental analysis laboratories, and technical sales. 

Graduates from our Forensic Biology degree offered at Staffordshire University have followed a variety of career pathways including teaching, archaeological research and laboratory management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits

    All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biosciences Concepts and Practice
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Biological Principles for Forensic Sciences
  • Professional Practice and Placement
  • Methods of Crime Detection
  • DNA Profiling and Forensic Biology
  • Research Project
  • Advanced DNA Profiling
  • Current Advances in Biosciences

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General Requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points 
  • A levels: BBC, including Biology at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM Applied Science 

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14000 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 Stoke-on-Trent

  • 550 - 850 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries.

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