• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Sought after by employers and developed in collaboration with Leicestershire Police, the BSc Forensic Science (Hons) degree from De Montfort University looks at the methods used to gather, examine, analyse and report information about past events - which would then be presented as evidence in court.
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Forensic science – familiar to most of us thanks to its appearances in popular TV police dramas – is the application of science to law. It’s carried out through the collection, preservation and analysis of evidence.

If you have an enquiring mind, are good at solving scientific problems and want to work with cutting-edge equipment and facilities, then you could be the right person to work at a crime scene or analyse the evidence recovered from that scene.

On this BSc Forensic Science (Hons) degree from De Montfort University, you’ll study forensic chemistry, biology, imaging and photography, the essentials of forensic investigations, and professional and quantitative scientific skills.

Then you’ll take modules on bodies, tissues and fluids, materials ID, drugs of abuse, analytical forensic chemistry, forensic IT and issues in criminal justice.

The third year will cover forensic case studies and the presentation of evidence, then fire, arson and explosions, authenticity and fraud, DNA profiling, forensic chemical pathology, and project and professional skills.

Key features

  • This course is professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
  • Our strong links with industry mean you’ll not only develop practical and professional skills but also be offered the opportunity to apply them to real-world scenarios by spending a year on placement.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work for world-leading forensic science employers including LGC Forensics, Orchid Cellmark, GlaxoSmithKline, Reckitt Benckiser and 3M.
  • Our teaching is delivered by expert academics and practitioners, including Leisa Nichols-Drew, who is representing the UK, DMU and Forensic Science on an international project aimed at improving detection and reducing occurrences of knife crime.
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our #DMUglobal programme, which has enabled students on previous trips to unearth information on human rights abuses and genocide in Guatemala, attend the New York Supreme Court to learn about judicial processes, and support refugees in Berlin.

Graduate Careers

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of areas including law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene and scientific support work, analytical chemistry, general scientific analysis, health and safety, and the insurance industry.


 Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

      four years sandwich (optional)

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits

    390 (with a placement)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Imaging and Photography
  • Essentials of Forensic Investigations
  • Professional and Quantitative Scientific Skills 
  • Bodies, Tissues and Fluids
  • Materials ID
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Analytical Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic IT
  • Issues in Criminal Justice

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.

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General Requirements

  • A typical offer is a minimum of 112 points from at least two A levels with a science subject (from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Sciences) at grade C or above, or
  • BTEC National Diploma Science BTEC - Distinction/Merit/Merit, or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Science BTEC - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English
  • Pass Access in the QAA Accredited AHE (Science) with at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, to include 15 credits at Merit in Chemistry or Biology. GCSE Maths and English grade 4 or above required as separate qualifications.
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ with 6 higher level points in a science subject

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14250 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 Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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