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Faculty of Health Sciences

Forensic Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F410

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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, DNA and other bodily fluids.

  • Introduction to DNA and Chromatography

  • Skills for Forensic Science

  • Chemistry of Life

    The basis of all life is? Yes, a chemical - join this module to understand the building blocks of biomolecules, their reactivity and 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

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Human Anatomy

  • 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

  • Professional and Research Skills in Forensic Science

Optional modules

  • Molecular Cell Biology and Histopathology

  • 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 those crimes.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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

  • Final year lab-based project (40 credits)

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More about this course

At Hull, we don’t just teach you the theory. You'll go beyond the classroom to investigate mock crime scenes, analyse evidence in labs and learn how to present it in a court of law. In short, you'll gain the skills to become a competent and confident forensic scientist.

The programme's core biomedical science disciplines will give you a firm understanding of biological sciences' application to medicine. Other modules focus on forensic and analytical science topics including psychological aspects of criminal behaviour, archaeology, anthropology and crime scene analysis.

You'll learn the theory and application of forensic laboratory methods. And you'll learn how to record evidence and all aspects of experimentation; how to manage data, 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.

Our teaching staff

Programmes designed in collaboration with NHS professionals 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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Accredited degrees approved as meeting industry standards by expert academics and professionals.

Excellent links with local biotechnology companies, research units and hospitals.

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.

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

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 within a range of scientific fields.

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.