Criminology and Forensic Science BSc (Hons)


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Please note that the last intake to the first year of this course was in the academic year beginning in September 2015. The course has since been revalidated, and if you are interested in starting the first year in 2016/17 or later please follow this link to the latest version.

However, we are still considering applications for from suitably qualified applicants who may want to begin their studies in the second year. Please contact Admissions for advice.

Our Criminology and Forensic Science course is taught by research-active criminologists and experienced former forensic practitioners and will give you the skills needed to evaluate the study of crime and the criminal justice system.

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You will learn how this integrates with the forensic examination process, providing significant hands-on laboratory experience in, for example, analytical chemistry, blood pattern interpretation, DNA analysis and fibre examination.

The course has two distinct themes across all three years with the criminological theme covering the theory of crime, how society is policed and the issues and alternatives to custodial sentencing. The forensic science theme addresses the scientific theory and practical techniques that are used in crime scene examination and the laboratory to allow you to interpret the evidence for the courtroom. Study will involve a combination of lectures and laboratory classes, coursework, seminars, examinations, laboratory assignments and presentations. You will also attend our crime scene house and give evidence in our court.

You will have the opportunity to perform a one-year placement within the scientific field after the second year of study.

As a graduate of this course you will join our current alumni who are working in roles such as scientific support officer, within the police and youth offending teams, as well as in careers within analytical chemistry, primary and secondary school teaching or following further postgraduate studies.

95% of students are overall satisfied with the quality of the course (Unistats 2015).


Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

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FacilitiesWhen you want to get hands-on experience within applied science laboratories we can support you. We teach in large modern, well- equipped labs with audio-visual facilities to enhance our ability to demonstrate techniques or interesting observations.


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Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years sandwich

Department Applied Sciences

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2016

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