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Forensic Sciences

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry Entry into Year 2 with BBB to include Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology

HNC (BTEC)

M

Entry into Year 2 with an HNC (BTEC) in one of the following:- Applied Biology Applied Chemistry

HND (BTEC)

M

Entry into Year 2 with an HND (BTEC) in one of the following:- Applied Biology Applied Chemistry

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry at S5/H4

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry

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

MMM

Entry into Year 1 with Applied Science (all pathways) Entry into Year 2 with DDD Applied Science

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

Entry into Year 2 to include Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology

Scottish HNC

Pass

Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Applied Sciences - Graded Unit B Bioscience - Graded Unit B Biomedical Science - Graded Unit B

Scottish HND

Pass

Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:- Applied Biological Science - Graded Unit B Applied Bioscience - Graded Units BB Applied Chemical Science - Graded Unit B Applied Science - Graded Unit B Biomedical Science - Graded Unit B Bioscience - Graded Unit B

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry

UCAS Tariff

96-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Forensic science

Go beyond the police tape with this fascinating and highly-practical Forensic Sciences degree. Learn the techniques that underpin the recognition, identification, recovery, analysis and evaluation of information which can be used as evidence in a court of law.

Are you literate, numerate and analytical? Do you like to solve problems for fun? Are you naturally inquisitive with a passion for chemistry and biology? Put these traits to work during a Forensic Sciences degree that equips you with the knowledge required to help support the legal process.

It’s a hands-on degree, which allows you to analyse a variety of scenes in our purpose-built facilities, and learn the following physical and chemical analysis techniques in our state-of-the-art laboratories:

Crime scene investigation
Body fluid analysis
DNA profiling
Forensic chromatography & spectroscopy
Fingerprinting
Substances of abuse

This highly vocational programme is broken down into three main study areas – forensic science, chemistry and biology – and dovetails modules from the Division of Law to prepare you for a variety of workplace situations.

This course is the 5th best Forensic Sciences degree in the UK according to the 2022 Complete University Guide.

The course also scored an amazing 90% for Overall Student Satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS). Finally, Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't take our word for it:

Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2020 for Teaching Quality.
Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback.
National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.

Modules

Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - FOR101 Foundations of Chemistry 1; FOR103 Introduction to Forensic Science, Practice and Techniques; LSC101 Biology 1: Biology Principles and Practice; FOR102 Foundations of Chemistry 2; LSC102 Human Physiology.

You will also be required to select one elective module. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment methods

We offer a broad range of learning environments, including traditional lecture and tutorial format, student-led learning, interactive class sessions, practical and a substantial element of laboratory work. We encourage independent study, meaning that you take responsibility for your own learning. Your study is assessed with a variety of methods enabling you to demonstrate progress in different ways. Coursework typically includes laboratory reports, essays and oral presentations. Formal exams typically include questions that require either short answers or essays coupled with problem-solving of forensic-related challenges. In your final dissertation you are individually supported by an experienced research active member of staff. Lab reports, essays, oral presentations and exams. Year 1 is approximately 50% exam and 50% coursework. Year 4 is approximately 100% exam in some instances - not including final year project, which is coursework based.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,000
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Abertay Campus

Department:

School of Applied 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.

75%
med
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

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

69%
Library resources
56%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
41%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

96%
med
Employed or in further education
38%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Other elementary services occupations

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.

£18k

£18k

£24k

£24k

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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