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University of Huddersfield

Forensic and Analytical Science

UCAS Code: 68F6

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including a grade B 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.

120 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)

DDM

in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care/Medicinal Science is acceptable but must be accompanied by an A Level in Chemistry at a minimum grade B.

UCAS Tariff

120

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

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2021

Subjects

Analytical chemistry

Forensic science

Our Forensic and Analytical Science MSci course offers you the opportunity to get a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of forensic science while developing in-depth knowledge of analytical science – the basis of forensic chemistry.

* Throughout the course, which is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (http://www.forensic-science-society.org.uk/Accredited-course-search), you’ll be supported by academics and experienced practitioners in forensic science and in analytical science.

* Where this course differs from our BSc(Hons) is that in the third year of the MSci you get to experience a placement year in an academic research setting. This focused time spent in a university or research institute could be the perfect opportunity for you to put theory to the test in the real world. It could also help boost your employability and open up all sorts of career opportunities beyond graduation.

* The range of roles in forensic science is vast – from forensic pathologists, forensic examiners and DNA analysts to specialists such as forensic anthropologists, bloodstain pattern and clothing damage analysts.

* No matter what career path you’ve set your sights on, this course is designed to help you develop practical and problem-solving skills you need.

* In our specialised labs and crime-scene facilities, you’ll be able to get to grips with the tools and processes used in real-life investigations and our simulated scenarios will challenge you to apply your know-how on the spot.

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 Autumn 2018 by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (http://www.forensic-science-society.org.uk/Accredited-course-search) and for five years thereafter.

This accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis.

Additional costs:
Optional short field trips eg. one day, are sometimes also arranged. Previous field trips have included the Wellcome Trust Forensic Exhibition and Bart’s Pathology Museum in London. The costs of these field trips must be covered by students and vary dependent on the trip. Previous trip costs have ranged from £10 to £100 per student but are dependent on location.

Modules

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

Year 2
Core modules:
Crime Scene and Forensic Examinations
Biology for the Chemical and Forensic Sciences
Practical Forensic Science 2
Analytical Science 2
Organic Chemistry 2

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Inorganic Chemistry 2
Physical Chemistry 2

Year 3
Core modules:
Scientific Communication
Criminal Law and Presentation of Evidence
Investigative Project
Laboratory Techniques
Specialised Analytical Techniques

Final year
Core modules:
Forensic Investigation and Evidence Types
Advanced Crime Scene Sciences
Analytical Science 3
Analytical Science 4
Research Project

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 presentation 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

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
Analytical 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.

Analytical 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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

Analytical 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.

Forensic science

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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