B.Sc. On Campus

Forensic Science

University of the West of Scotland

48 months
17250 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree from University of the West of Scotland, will prepare you for a career in a vital role in the UK and international criminal justice systems through recent advances in analytical sciences and genetics as you will develop expertise in crime scene examination and the scientific examination of recovered materials.


This degree from University of the West of Scotland, will prepare you for life as a forensic scientist capable of using the latest chemical and biological techniques to analyse materials such as drugs, toxicology samples, trace evidence, DNA and ignitable liquids. 

Career prospects

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: Police Scotland / UK police forces / HM Customs and Excise / UK Border Force

The transferable skills gained also make graduates attractive to many employers in the biotechnology, biomedical, chemical and pharmaceutical industries in environmental protection, accident investigation, distilling and brewing, chemical analysis, drug research, and policing roles. Recent UWS graduates have secured roles, including:

  • Crime scene examiner
  • Environmental forensic scientist
  • Counterfeit whiskey investigator
  • Pharmaceutical researcher
  • Alzheimer’s disease researcher

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Structure of Chemistry
  • Science and Crime
  • Chemistry and Reactions
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Chemical Lab Techniques
  • Chemical Analysis & Evaluation
  • Evaluating Forensic Evidence
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Forensic Lab Techniques
  • Designer Drugs

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Full time international students, part-time students and online students can also apply until 6 weeks before the start of the course.




480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Literacy & Numeracy

All applicants are expected to demonstrate good levels of literacy and numeracy, holding passes in English and Mathematics at the following levels:

  • Scottish National 5 (grades A, B or C)
  • Scottish Standard Grade (grades 1, 2 or 3)
  • Scottish Intermediate 2 (grades A, B or C)
  • GCSE (A, B or C)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary level (grade C2 or higher)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17250 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

For Scottish students, cost of study per year is 1,820£

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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