• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The BSc (Hons) Forensic Chemistry degree at University of Lincoln will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills of a professional forensic chemist, including laboratory examination, report writing, crime scene analysis and courtroom presentation. 
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Forensic chemistry is the application of scientific knowledge and investigation to law enforcement. From identifying substances to analysing crime scenes, the skills of a forensic chemist often play a vital role in criminal investigations.With a broad spectrum of modules, it is possible to specialise in areas such as DNA analysis, fire debris analysis or nuclear forensics.

The School of Chemistry takes a research-centred approach to teaching and learning, and students have the chance to work closely with leading academics on collaborative research projects.

The (Hons) Forensic Chemistry degree at University of Lincoln includes lectures, seminars, laboratory-based practical classes and lectures from visiting scientists.

The first year of this course aims to develop a thorough foundation in chemistry, including laboratory work, mathematics and statistics, as well as the principles of forensic science and crime scene investigation.

The second year explores more advanced aspects of forensic chemistry and students are introduced to areas of advanced crime scene methods and trace evidence.

In the final year, students can choose from modules of personal interest including nuclear forensics and bioterrorism, and drugs of abuse.

Your Future Career

Forensic Chemistry graduates benefit from specialist skills and technical knowledge that are transferable to careers across chemistry, alongside opportunities in forensic laboratories and law enforcement organisations, such as police forces, HMRC and environmental health.


This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Chemistry: Introduction to Energy, Change and Electronic Structure
  • Core Chemistry: Molecular Structure, Bonding and Mechanism
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Practical Chemistry: Fundamental laboratory techniques
  • Practical Chemistry: Introduction to synthetic methodologies and molecular characterisation
  • Professional Practice: Forensic Laboratory Analysis

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General Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BCC, to include a grade B from A Level Chemistry.
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall, with Higher Level Grade 5 in Chemistry.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Forensic Science: Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Chemistry
  • Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15900 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 Lincoln

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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