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University of Huddersfield

Chemistry with Forensic Science

UCAS Code: F1F4

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

with a minimum grade C in Chemistry. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

with 21 credits in Chemistry.

112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications, including Higher Level Chemistry at grade 5.

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

DMM

in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care/Medicinal Science is acceptable but must be accompanied by an A Level in Chemistry at a minimum grade C.

UCAS Tariff

112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade C in Chemistry at A Level.

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 | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subjects

Chemistry

Forensic science

Perhaps you’ve always wondered what it would be like to get involved in a real crime-scene investigation. Or maybe you’re intrigued by how science can be applied to support the legal system. On this course accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, you’ll get the chance to see chemistry in action and build a broad range of skills that’ll stand you in good stead for a science-sector career.

* A key part of your time on the Chemistry with Forensic Science BSc(Hons) will be spent getting hands-on experience. We know employers are looking for graduates to hit the ground running when they start work, that’s why we’ve designed the course as much as possible around practical experiments.

* In our modern labs, you’ll get to grips with a whole range of instruments with the aim of becoming skilled in chemical and forensic analysis. Techniques you could have the chance to try out include spot tests for blood, drugs and firearm residues, identifying glass and paint fragments and examining microscopic hairs and fibres.

* Building on the solid foundations you’ll get from your Chemistry and Forensics modules, we’ll also give you the chance to spend a year in industry or research in Year 3. Not only is a placement year a golden opportunity to put your knowledge into practice, it could also help give that all important boost to your employability when you graduate.

I chose to study the Forensic and Analytical Science BSc(Hons) course here at Huddersfield for the forensic science element of the course, as this covers the laboratory techniques used in the field of forensic science such as analysis of DNA, fingerprint and footwear analysis and examination of fibres. Plus, the course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and the University is a respectable one and close to home. ~ Miranda Blackburn, Forensic and Analytical Science BSc(Hons).

Professional links and accreditation:
This course was last accredited in 2018 by the Royal Society of Chemistry (http://www.rsc.org/Education/courses-and-careers/accredited-courses) and for five years thereafter.

This accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Inorganic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry 1
Physical Chemistry 1
Analytical Science 1
Practical Forensic Science 1
Data Handling for Forensic Science

Year 2
Core modules:
Organic Chemistry 2
Analytical Science 2
Inorganic Chemistry 2
Physical Chemistry 2
Practical Forensic Science 2
Crime Scene and Forensic Examinations

Year 3 - optional placement year

Final year
Core modules:
Chemistry Project - Experimental Design
Advanced Chemistry Practical
Organic Chemistry 3
Physical Chemistry 3

Option modules:
Choose two from a list which may include-
Advanced Forensic Biology and Toxicology
Forensic Science and the Law
Analytical Science 3
Advanced Crime Scene Sciences

Assessment methods

Assessment will include written exams, problem solving exercises, assessment of laboratory skills, multiple choice questions (mainly in your first year), oral and poster presentations and written reports.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details - http://hud.ac/di8

More details - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Chemical Sciences (SCHEMSCI)

TEF rating:
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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.

84%
med
Chemistry

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.

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

82%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Forensic science

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

Chemistry

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Natural and social science professionals
18%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Quality and regulatory professionals

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

Physical 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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
75%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Natural and social science professionals
17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Quality and regulatory professionals

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