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Forensic Investigation (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Glasgow, United Kingdom
This Forensic Investigation (Hons) programme of Glasgow Caledonian University will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on experience of scientific methods for the investigation and solving of crimes.
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GCU has recently invested more than £1.5 million to create state-of-the-art chemistry and biology laboratories where students gain invaluable practical experience in using modern instruments, such as a DNA analyser, ultra powerful microscopes and mass spectrometers.

This Forensic Investigation (Hons) programme of Glasgow Caledonian University provides you with a firm grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of the chemical and biological sciences, with forensic staff consultancy casework discussed throughout. You will have the opportunity to spend up to a year at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the USA.

Graduates can be accepted as Associated Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), which is a step towards chartered chemist status.

Your Career

Graduates have gone on to work in the chemical and biochemical analysis sectors, the environmental forensic area, forensic science, the police, food safety, teaching, pharmaceuticals and the oil and gas industry.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 - 4 Years

  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Chemistry
  • Human Biology
  • Physics, Maths & Stats
  • Scots Law
  • Introduction to Forensic Investigation
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Civil & Criminal Procedure

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

Year 1

  • SQA Higher: BBBC including Chemistry, plus Nat 5 English and Maths
  • A level: CCC including Chemistry, plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4
  • ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry, plus English and Maths at Ordinary Level O2
  • IB Diploma: 24 points must include Chemistry at Higher Level
  • BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forensic/Applied Science (must include Chemistry) at MMM
  • SWAP STEM programme: BBB
  • BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied/Forensic Science (must include Chemistry) at MMM plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • RUK: £9250

Living costs for Glasgow

  • 620 - 1020 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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