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

    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 support 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. It 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

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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/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 the following themes: 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 bonding and the 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

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry 1

  • Chemical Separation and Characterisation

    Explore structure determination and analytical techniques of x-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and separation science in theory, problem solving and 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

  • 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 carry out a piece of investigative coursework in an area of current chemistry.

  • Chemistry of Materials

  • Chemistry of Surfaces, Colloids and Molecular Machines

  • Organic and Organometallic Chemistry

    This module delivers core organic and organometallic chemistry through lectures and laboratory work. You’ll explore the following themes: 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

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).

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Our teaching staff

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

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.

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

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

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.