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Forensic Science and Molecular Biology

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Forensic science

**Course Overview**

- Go further in forensics, with an integrated course designed to build on a solid base of scientific understanding, with the specialist skills to collect and evaluate DNA evidence.

- This four-year integrated master’s degree offers the chance to go deeper into the field of forensic science. You’ll cover many of the same modules you’ll find in the BSc course, learning about various aspects of forensics – investigation, anthropology, chemistry and biology – before ultimately specialising in forensic biology, with an emphasis on the generation, interpretation and evaluation of DNA evidence.

- It’s a course taught by a mixture of experienced senior forensic scientists, CSIs and research-active academics who are leaders of the field. And, thanks to our ground-breaking partnership with Lancashire Constabulary, you’ll also hear insights from active professionals, and could even have the chance to gain experience alongside working CSIs in an operational environment.

- We are pioneers of the discipline –?the UK’s first university to be equipped with crime scenes and dedicated forensic labs. That means you’ll have the chance to work with our state-of-the-art facilities, including ABI genetic analysers, qPCR machines and Next Generation Sequencers. This has been further enhanced through our partnership with Lancashire Constabulary through the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy (LFSA).

- So, by the time you graduate, you’ll have the advanced qualification and specialist skills you’ll need for a role in forensic sciences, crime scene investigation, molecular biology and more.

**Why study with us**

- Together with Lancashire Constabulary, we have founded the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy, which offers the chance for CSI shadowing, specialist placements and collaborative research projects.

- Regular guest speakers visit us to share their expertise in areas like law, ballistics and DNA, while former students offer insights from their career path.

- This masters-level study will provide a depth of knowledge that offers a real competitive advantage in a busy jobs market.

Modules

Year 1: Compulsory modules; Crime Scene Science, Skills for Forensic Scientists, Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology, Biology for Forensic Scientists, Chemistry for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, Bones Bodies and Burials, Elective.

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Criminalistics, Forensic Practice, Forensic Chemistry, Introduction to Forensic Genetics, Law for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Death Science, Forensic Anthropology

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Dissertation, Application of Forensic Science, Forensic Genetics, Advances in Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Toxicology

Year 4: Compulsory modules; Research Methods, Forensic Genetics I, Forensic Genetics II, Research Project (triple module)

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Natural 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.

72%
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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

87%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£19,200
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Protective service occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
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.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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