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Forensic Science

Entry requirements


112 points from a minimum of 2 A2 subjects or equivalent with an A2 Science subject at grade C or above. Acceptable Science subjects are Biology, Forensic Science, Statistics, Physics, Maths/ Further Maths or Maths and Mechanics.

Our Access requirements are currently under review. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Must be achieved from a BTEC in Science.

112 points including at least two subjects at advanced higher level with a Science subject at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

112

Must be from a minimum of 2 A2 subjects or equivalent with an A2 Science subject at grade C or above or equivalent. Acceptable Science subjects are Biology, Forensic Science, Statistics, Physics, Maths/ Further Maths or Maths and Mechanics.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Forensic science

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 course, 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

• Professionally accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and developed in collaboration with Leicestershire Police, ensuring your learning remains relevant to current practice and standards.

• Our graduates have gone on to work for world-leading employers including LGC Forensics, Cellmark Forensics, Eurofins Forensics, GlaxoSmithKline, Reckitt Benckiser and 3M.

• Develop your practical and professional skills in our crime scene house, crime studio, crown court and forensic science laboratory facilities.

• Our teaching is delivered by expert academics and practitioners, including Leisa Nichols-Drew, who represented 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 DMU Global programme*, which has enabled students on previous trips to unearth information on human rights abuses and genocide in Guatemala, attending the New York Supreme Court to learn about judicial processes, and support refugees in Berlin.

• You will study a range of modules including forensic chemistry, biology, imaging and photography, the essentials of forensic investigations, and professional and quantitative scientific skills.

• 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.

**DMU’s careers and employability service, known as DMU Works, was awarded the Best University Careers/Employability Service at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards in February 2021. We understand university is a huge investment, and our careers commitment to you is not simply to help you secure a job, but to equip you with the skills to thrive, adapt and innovate in our ever-changing world.**

Modules

FIRST YEAR: Forensic Biology; Forensic Chemistry; Forensic Imaging and Photography; Essentials of Forensic Investigations; Professional and Quantitative Scientific Skills.

SECOND YEAR: Bodies, Tissues and Fluids; Materials ID; Drugs of Abuse; Analytical Forensic Chemistry; Forensic IT; Issues in Criminal Justice; Analytical Forensic Chemistry.

THIRD YEAR: Forensic Case Studies and the Presentation of Evidence; Fire, Arson and Explosions; Authenticity and Fraud; DNA Profiling; Forensic Chemical Pathology; Project and Professional Skills.

Assessment methods

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, you will normally benefit from 22 contact hours timetabled teaching sessions each week, consisting of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and workshops. You will also be expected to devote a considerable amount of time to independent study, typically 18 – 20 hours per week. Practical work forms a large part of teaching and includes exercises at our mock crime house facility. You will also learn from visiting lecturers involved in forensic science. Assessments include coursework, practical reports, written and practical exams, phase tests and presentations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,750
per year
International
£14,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Health and Life Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

64%
low
Forensic science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
32%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic and archaeological sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Business, research and administrative professionals
17%
Other elementary services occupations
13%
Science, engineering and production technicians

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

General, applied and forensic sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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