- This course offers a general understanding of forensic biology, analytical science and geographical information.
- You will also gain a meticulous and analytical approach to collecting and interpreting scientific data.
- Optional modules in Years 2 and 3 enable you to tailor your degree to your interests and career goals.
- The combination of integrated knowledge of scientific disciplines and strong analytical abilities is highly sought after by employers.
- Extensive fieldwork at our own scene of crime house gives you real on-the-job training (see below).
- Facilities include well-equipped chemical laboratories and the University's bone collection, which will help your forensic archaeology studies.
- Our teaching has been rated as 'excellent' by teaching quality inspectors.
- Supportive staff help you to reach your full potential.
Fieldwork is an important part of our Forensic Science teaching because it:
- brings the subject to life;
- provides on-the-job training;
- you can apply what is being taught to real situations and study in context; and
- helps you develop the analytical skills employers demand.
Scene of crime house
We have our own semi-detached house, which is used to recreate crime scenes. You will visit frequently during Years 2 and 3, gaining invaluable experience.
You will consider every aspect of investigating a crime scene from beginning to end, including:
- deciding on the area that needs to be cordoned off to ensure that no evidence is lost;
- searching for fingerprints and footprints at points of entry and exit;
- looking for DNA samples and suspicious substances such as narcotics inside the house;
- investigating your samples in the University's labs; and
- finally being called as an expert witness and cross examined by a real barrister in a mock court.
You have the chance to experience a real autopsy during visits to a local mortuary.