Faculty of Science and Engineering

Chemistry (Forensic and Analytical Science)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F184

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chemical Structure and Physical Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry and the Analytical Approach

  • Insight into Forensic Science and Scientific Skills

  • Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

  • Organic and Physical Chemistry

  • Chemistry's Global Challenge

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Synthesis and Analysis

  • Spectroscopic Methods

  • Forensic Science and Scientific Skills

  • Synthesis and Measurement

  • Inorganic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Thermodynamics

  • Computational Chemistry with Professional Skills

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry 1

  • Chemical Separation and Characterisation

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry 2

  • Forensic and Analytical Group Project

Optional modules

  • Structural, Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Solids

  • Chemistry of Materials

  • Chemistry of Surfaces, Colloids and Molecular Machines

  • Organic and Organometallic Chemistry

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More about this course

Taught by some of the leading authorities in the field, our Chemistry (Forensic and Analytical Science) programme is designed for those who wish to take advantage of the high demand for analytical scientists both nationally and internationally. The course has been designed to develop the skills that are in-demand with employers - you will learn how to solve real forensic investigation problems using some of the latest equipment in our 21st century analytical science and toxicology lab. We have a deservedly excellent reputation for research and teaching; our department has consistently achieved over 90% for student satisfaction since the National Student Survey was introduced. On this course you’ll learn to detect trace materials and study criminal activity.

This programme has employability at its heart – preparing you for the real world of forensic and analytic science. Studying in our cutting-edge laboratories and using our state-of-the-art equipment, you will be given expert training in pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry in a supportive environment. Blending forensic science, analytical chemistry and toxicology, your studies are designed to give you the practical skills to work in analytical chemistry, materials chemistry and forensics. The foundation year is ideal for students whose qualifications don’t allow direct access to a degree course, while the MChem programme gives a deeper understanding of the discipline. The option of spending a year in industry imparts skills, experience and knowledge to give you a valuable head start in your career. Both Honours and Masters programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, allowing you to become a member of the society and achieve, after appropriate career experience, Chartered Chemist status (CChem).

Teaching and Learning

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Excellent job prospects - 94% of our students are in work or study six months after graduating. (HESA 2017)

Be inspired by leaders in the field including members of the team that gave the world LCD displays

Cutting edge facilities include synthesis laboratories, a state-of-the-art microscopy suite, NMR, microfluidic fabrication facilities and mass spectrometry facilities.

Industry links include projects with AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, RB (formerly Reckitt-Benckiser), Schlumberger and Unilever.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels;
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma;
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma;
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma;
  • Irish Leaving Certificate;
  • Scottish Highers;
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have an A level or BTEC in Chemistry/Applied Science at Grade C/Merit or above. Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points, including 5 in HL Chemistry.
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with minimum of 23 credits at merit including Chemistry/Physical Science modules.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £16,000

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

Well-trained forensic and analytical scientists are in great demand worldwide. You will have the benefit of studying at a renowned centre of excellence, increasing your chances of employment. There are opportunities within the police service and armed forces. In addition to this, graduates find opportunities in government roles.

There are a range of possibilities in public and private sector laboratories, and our students are in high demand in these areas. Hull has strong links with universities and industries internationally, offering opportunities to work on global projects.

There are also potential opportunities in human and animal toxicology, industrial systems and pollution control. The transferable skills you learn, both from a scientific and communications perspective, are in demand and can lead to a variety of rewarding careers in management.

The Analytical Science Group has excellent links with laboratories, in both the public and private sectors. This often provides employment opportunities for Hull graduates.

The University of Hull has an excellent careers department, and there is support available throughout your degree and afterwards. Hull is one of the few universities to offer lifelong career support.