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Forensic Science with Criminology BSc (Hons)

University of Derby

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Course options

  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The fully accredited degree offers real-world practical experience and great scope for a challenging career in the fight against crime.

Course description

Combine high-level skills as a forensic scientist with in-depth knowledge of criminology for an inspiring and broad-based study programme.

  • Study a programme which sets high professional standards: this course is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Learn alongside professional forensic scientists, fingerprint experts, police officers, lawyers and judges for real insights into working life
  • Gain hands-on experience in authentic environments including our high-specification forensic laboratories, crime scene cars, courtrooms and Forensic Training Facility
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake work based learning in a forensic imaging unit, footwear unit or forensic analytical service laboratories with our partner East Midlands Scientific Operations Unit (EMSOU).

Forensic Science with Criminology at Derby

You’ll combine high-level skills as a forensic scientist with specific knowledge of criminology. We explore questions surrounding the causes of criminal behaviour and whether nature or nurture is responsible for such characteristics. We also cover legal aspects of forensic science, including the court process, and the role played by expert testimony and evidence.

Our forensic science courses prepare you to become a highly skilled and confident professional, fully equipped to reach evidence-based conclusions and take a case from crime scene to courtroom. This course guides you through the full range of forensic practices and processes – from collecting and examining evidence to presenting your findings in court.

You’ll investigate mock crime scenes including break-ins, road accidents, assaults, and drug crime. This will help you prepare for the diverse scenarios that you are likely to encounter throughout your career. There is also the opportunity to observe a post mortem.

Your studies will be underpinned by a strong focus on the criminal justice system and the legal aspects of forensic science. You’ll explore issues such as expert testimony and evidence, miscarriages of justice, the court process and the roles of the judge, jury and witnesses. You’ll also gain practice in delivering evidence in court and being cross-examined by barristers – just as you would in the world of work.

Professional Accreditation

The high quality of this course is reflected in its accreditations from professional bodies. We have full accreditation from The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, which means you can be confident our teaching meets exacting standards. Depending on the optional modules you choose, you could also be eligible for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 14,045per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BBB

At least a grade C at A level in Biology and/or Chemistry (or equivalent qualification). This also includes Applied Science, a BTEC Science subject or Access Science

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University information

University of Derby

  • University League Table

    99th

  • Campus address

    University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, England

The award-winning international team offers guidance from initial enquiry to graduation and beyond.
There are a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students.
The University of Derby has around 1,700 students from 100 countries, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    58th out of 102 5

    22nd out of 34 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    113 57%

    59th

    9
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56 56%

    55th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%

    29th

    22
  • Entry standards

    / Max 167
    115 58%

    22nd

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%

    11th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%

    8th

    2

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