Faculty of Science and Engineering

Chemistry (Forensic and Analytical Science)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F184

What you'll study

Well-trained forensic and analytical scientists are in demand worldwide. So job prospects for this accredited, well-resourced course are excellent.

Besides the three-year option, there are more specialised versions of this course.

  • You can add a year’s work placement
  • Extend your study to Masters level with an extra year
  • A foundation year boosts your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Chemical Structure and Physical Chemistry

    Learn about kinetics and thermodynamics and study trends of chemical properties of the main groups of elements, as well as being introduced to atomic and molecular structure.

  • Organic Chemistry and the Analytical Approach

    Come to understand core principles of organic chemistry from alkanes to the surprising stability of aromaticity. Acids and bases and analytical chemical methods are examined from a conceptual and mathematical standpoint and all teaching is supported by lots of hands-on laboratory experience.

  • Insight into Forensic Science and Scientific Skills

    You will study the key mathematical and scientific concepts needed to flourish in your further studies and start to develop an understanding of critical forensic issues.

  • Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

    Explore important topics in inorganic and analytical chemistry that lay the foundations of your future success. The module immerses you in the exciting world of transition metal chemistry, inorganic solids and the identification of unknown organic compounds by spectroscopy.

  • Organic and Physical Chemistry

    This module will Introduce and develop basic and fundamental concepts in organic and physical chemistry. You will develop chemical problem solving skills and learn crucial experimental skills which underpin more complex experimental techniques encountered later in the programme.

  • Chemistry's Global Challenge

    In small groups, you will investigate a scientific topic suggested by your tutor. Developing your teamworking skills, you will work towards producing a poster and an audio recording in the style of a radio interview around your topic.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Synthesis and Analysis

    Develop insight in analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry through a combination of lectures, workshops and laboratory classes. You'll cover topics such as elemental analysis; 3d versus 4d and 5d metals; metal oxides with non-stoichiometric compositions; structure determination of organic compounds; stereochemistry and conformation; and electrophilic and nucleophilic aromatic substitution.

  • Spectroscopic Methods

    Study the quantum mechanical basis of spectroscopy and use this knowledge to understand atomic, rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopic techniques. You will gain hands-on experience of applying this knowledge in workshops and laboratory classes.

  • Forensic Science and Scientific Skills

    This module is an interesting combination of mathematics, employability skills, oral communication, and forensic laboratory classes and workshops. It equips you with the necessary numeracy, presentation and CV-writing skills, as well as the specialist practical and analytical skills needed in the field of forensics.

  • Synthesis and Measurement

    This module delivers core organic and analytical chemistry through both lectures and laboratory work. You’ll explore bifunctional chemistry, heteroaromatic chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and electroanalytical chemistry.

  • Inorganic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Thermodynamics

    Study a range of advanced inorganic and organometallic chemistry, including the bonding, structure, spectroscopy and reactivity of important metal-based complexes. You will slowly unravel the secrets of why chemical reactions and molecules behave the way they do, by exploring the intricate world of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics.

  • Computational Chemistry with Professional Skills

    This module uniquely combines computational chemistry, molecular modelling and employability skills. You will be introduced to quantum mechanics and its application to molecular chemistry and spectroscopy, as well as the use of computer packages for the modelling of molecules. You'll also be taught essential interview skills and techniques to help you secure a graduate position in the workplace.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry 1

    Explore specialised topics in analytical and forensic chemistry. The use of advanced forensic science techniques to solve complex and unpredictable problems and will provide the key principles and concepts behind these techniques and methods.

  • Chemical Separation and Characterisation

    Explore the structure determination and analytical techniques of X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and separation science in theory, as well as improving your advanced laboratory skills. The emphasis is on application of knowledge and problem solving.

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry 2

    Develop an insight into state-of-the-art approaches to bio-analysis and forensic analytical sciences. This module covers biosensors and lab-on-a-chip devices, as well as group discussions on recently published scientific articles in the area.

  • Forensic and Analytical Group Project

    Work as part of a small group, supported by a supervisor, on a short research project. This may include lab work, field work and literature research, and be drawn from chemistry, analytical science, biochemistry, or chemical education. You will be assessed by a group poster presentation and also by an individual report.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Structural, Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Solids

    Explore a range of advanced modern chemistry, covering the physical quantities and laws for describing and predicting the mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of solids, including cluster compounds. You will also carry out a piece of investigative coursework in an area of current chemistry.

  • Chemistry of Materials

    Explore advanced and specialised topics relevant to materials chemistry, such as the synthetic methods for the preparation of polymers, their physical chemistry and their characterisation, as well as the characteristics of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene. For these sets of materials you will learn to identify the optimal synthetic methods and evaluate their properties.

  • Chemistry of Surfaces, Colloids and Molecular Machines

    ​In this module, you will explore 2016 Nobel Prize field of molecular machines and learn about the behaviour of surfactants and colloidal particles in bulk and at surfaces. You will also gain practical skills in the methods of physical chemistry essential for many sectors of chemical industry. ​

  • Organic and Organometallic Chemistry

    This module explores core organic and organometallic chemistry through lectures and laboratory work. You’ll explore pericyclic reactions; organic synthesis using reagents containing the p-block elements P, B, Si and Si; and control of reactivity in metal-organic systems.

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More about this course

Study criminal activity and learn how to solve real forensic investigation problems in our labs. This fascinating course is designed for those who want to take advantage of the high national and international demand for analytical scientists.

  • 93% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018)
  • This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry – putting you on track for Chartered Chemist status (CChem).
  • Our industry standard resources include the latest mass spectrometry facilities, laser technology for elemental analysis and a microfluidic fabrication capability.

This course has employability at its heart – preparing you for the real world of forensic and analytic science. We'll give you expert training in pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry in a supportive environment.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Excellent job prospects - 93% 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

2019 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.

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 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.