Forensic Science BSc (Hons)

UCAS code F410 BSC/FOR

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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.

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Our Forensic Science degree course is taught by former experienced forensic practitioners and will give you the skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and understanding to evaluate and interpret results obtained during the forensic examination process. You will have significant hands-on laboratory experience in, for example, analytical chemistry, blood pattern interpretation, DNA analysis and fibre examination.

Forensic Science BSc has a clear focus on the theory and practical transferable skills of biology and chemistry and how these are applied in forensic casework. You will address the scientific principles 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.

Caption: A Northumbria student of BSc Forensic Science reporting on forensic evidence in mock court session.

You will have the opportunity to perform a one-year placement within the scientific field after the second year of study. Your final year will include an individual laboratory- based project.

As a graduate of this Forensic Science degree course you will join our current alumni who are working in roles within the police, forensic science laboratories and analytical chemistry laboratories, as well as in careers within primary and secondary school teaching or following further postgraduate studies.

90% in work or further study within six months of graduating (Unistats 2014)


Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences


Facilities When 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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