• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
During the Bsc Forensic Science (Hons) programme offered by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) you'll gain education and training in forensic investigation; the management and processing of crime scenes, law for forensic scientists and the laboratory-based analysis of evidence, leaving you well placed for specialist employment in areas of forensics, chemistry or biotechnology.
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Overview

There are three core topics that run throughout the Bsc Forensic Science (Hons) programme offered by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)  and others which are options during the first and second years:

  • Forensic Investigation involves the management and analysis of crime scenes, the collection of forensic evidence and its analysis by means of methods such as fingerprinting, footwear impressions, document analysis, tool marks, forensic photography, glass fragment analysis, trace evidence, body fluids, hair and fibre analysis and ballistics.
  • Forensic Biology includes topics such as the identification of body fluids, forensic medicine, forensic entomology and DNA profiling, the identification and analysis of molecular genetic variation which can be used to match body fluids such as blood, semen or saliva to individuals, or to carry out paternity analysis.
  • Forensic Chemistry examines a variety of compounds from narcotics to paints and accelerants, using chemical and physical methods to characterise and match trace samples.

Forensic Anthropology is an option in years one and two and involves the study of the skeletal remains in order to determine a profile of a deceased individual as well as aspects of decomposition and burial.

Excelent Opportunities

There are several opportunities to get experience either in the voluntary sector or through placements at a number of laboratories and workplaces.

If you are interested in a police career, we encourage you to join the Special Constable service. Those thinking of a laboratory career may wish to explore links with local hospital laboratories for work experience and within the School there are several student internships available each year that will allow you to get involved in a novel research project and gain experience of working within a research environment. Archaeologists within the School of Forensic & Investigative Sciences regularly run digs and those with an interest in Archaeology and Anthropology may want to participate and get additional field-work experience.

Our courses are an excellent basis for employment in this competitive sector. Our graduates are at work in all sorts of forensic science settings - as crime scene investigators, police officers, scientific support personnel and intelligence analysts, at home and overseas.

Accreditation

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

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

      our years with industrial placement 

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Skills for Forensic Science
  • Volume Crime Scene Science
  • Biology for Forensic Scientists
  • Chemistry for Forensic Scientists
  • Criminalistics
  • Forensic Practice

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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

  • Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
  • Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points with 15 Level 3 Credits in Chemistry or Biology.
  • International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL Biology or Chemistry.
  • GCSE: English and Maths at Grade C/4

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    13700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13700 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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Living costs for Preston

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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