Biomedical science students examining a petri dish

Faculty of Health Sciences

Forensic Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F410

What you'll study

Go beyond the theory and gain practical experience of crime scene investigation, lab analysis and how to present evidence in court.

We offer a foundation year to boost 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.

Core modules

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

  • Introduction to Forensic Science

    Discover the fundamental concepts and principles of forensic science. Explore the treatment of the crime scene and the preservation of evidence, as well as specialist investigation methods including, document evaluation; fire and firearms investigation; scenes of explosion; and DNA and other bodily fluids.

  • Introduction to DNA and Chromatography

  • Skills for Forensic Science

    ​Learn the essential skills that will enable you to engage with forensic science. You will gain the necessary theory and practice to be able to use scientific principles in the field. To be a great forensic scientist you need to be a great scientist too.​

  • Chemistry of Life

    The basis of all life is? Yes, a chemical. Join this module to understand the building blocks of biomolecules and their reactivity. Investigate biological examples that help to understand organisms' physiology, ecology, health and evolution.

  • Microbiology and Immunology

    This module will introduce you to the wonderful and fascinating world of microorganisms and the defence against "bad" microbes (pathogens) by the intricate human immune system. You'll gain essential theoretical and practical knowledge and be able to demonstrate understanding of microbiology and immunology.

  • Human Physiology

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.

Core modules

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

  • Human Anatomy

    This module introduces you to the human anatomy in detail. You'll explore the structure of the human skeleton; major landmarks; joints and classification; relevant stabilising structures; muscles and their origins; insertions, actions, and nerve supply; and movements.

  • Forensic Science in Practice

    This fascinating module concerns the practical techniques and problem-solving approaches used in forensic science. You will gain practical experience of the techniques used in forensic laboratories as well as studying real forensic and toxicology cases in workshops.

  • Policing and Criminal Investigation

    Explore policing, its key social functions of order maintenance and crime control, and the practical and political issues that face the public police today. You'll examine the conduct and context of criminal investigation and the methods, tools, and controversies associated with this key policing objective.​

  • Professional and Research Skills in Forensic Science

    Focus on your personal and career development. Assessments include applying for a job through the submission of a CV and cover letter. You'll also develop research skills in biological disciplines. ​

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).

  • Molecular Cell Biology and Histopathology

    ​Discover the important role histopathology plays in the diagnosis of disease, prognosis and treatment. You will explore the journey that tissue biopsies take from the patient to the microscope.​

  • Psychology of Offending and Victimisation

    You will learn about the decisions made by offenders in committing crime, such as why burglars choose one house over another and how the attitudes, emotions and behaviours of victims are affected by such crimes.

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.

Core modules

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

  • Advanced Forensic Science

    Explore the methods for investigating and solving forensic cases, including the importance of following robust and correct procedures. You'll look at the methods of extracting information from collected forensic data and look at the role of toxic compounds and drugs on human processes and metabolism.

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry

  • Forensic Psychology

    Learn about the psychological origins of crime, how psychology can inform crime detection and what psychologists can do to reduce offending.

  • Cellular Pathology

    Explore the pathological presentation of several major diseases and their impact upon society. Input from NHS clinical staff allows exploration of the benefits of population screening in disease prevention and diagnosis.​

  • Final year lab-based project (40 credits)

    You will have the unique opportunity to work on your own lab-based project alongside researchers. You will have direct input into experimental design and will analyse your data before writing it up in a dissertation. For many students this is the highlight of their degree, as they have a chance to show off their skills in a real-world environment .

More about this course

At Hull, we teach you more than the theory. You'll go beyond the lecture theatre to investigate mock crime scenes, analyse evidence in labs and learn how to be an expert witness in court. In short, you'll gain the skills to become a competent and confident forensic scientist.

  • Become proficient with the theory and application of forensic laboratory methods.
  • Learn how to interpret evidence and present your findings in scientific, medical and legal contexts.

You'll also be able to utilise the range of relevant expertise and facilities at Hull. You'll relish our relationships with chemistry, social sciences, exercise science and psychology while learning in an environment that lends itself to the study of humans in health and disease.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

55%

45%

Second year

38%

7%

55%

Final year

27%

8%

65%


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.

Our teaching staff

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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Allam Medical Building Hull Campus

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Programmes designed in collaboration with experienced forensic scientists to guarantee real-world relevance.

Some of the UK's finest facilities including a £10m centre for cancer and metabolic research.

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Entry requirements

2019 Tariff Points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification 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 A level Biology/Applied Science at Grade C or above (or merit from relevant BTEC). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element. A Level Chemistry may also be considered.

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 Biology
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology/Chemistry at merit or higher

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

 As well as preparing you for a career as a forensic scientist, this programme also encourages you to develop transferable skills which will allow you to explore a range of career options.

You'll study the subject in a biological medical science context, giving you the skills to work or undertake further study within a range of scientific fields. These may include pathology or toxicology, which can be applied with training to anthropology, botany and wildlife forensic science.

The programme focuses on employability and developing your learning skills. You'll graduate with attributes that are sought after by employers, including logic, problem solving, communication and numeracy.