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BSc Chemistry (Forensic and Analytical Science)

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

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

F184

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Course overview

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.

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. 

Our industry-standard resources include the latest mass spectrometry facilities, laser technology for elemental analysis and a microfluidic fabrication capability.

Six reasons to study Forensic and Analytical Chemistry at Hull

  1. Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
  2. 93% graduate employability rating*
  3. 91% rating for overall student satisfaction
  4. Learn from leaders in the field
  5. Industry-standard resources
  6. Strong industry links with major companies

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    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 - with 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

    Immerse yourself in the exciting world of transition metal chemistry, inorganic solids and the identification of unknown organic compounds by spectroscopy. 

    Organic and Physical Chemistry

    You'll be introduced to basic and fundamental concepts in organic and physical chemistry. And you'll develop crucial problem-solving and experimental skills. 

    Chemistry's Global Challenge

    In small groups, you'll investigate a scientific topic suggested by your tutor. You'll produce a poster and an audio recording in the style of a radio interview around your topic.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Synthesis and Analysis

    Develop insight in analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry through a combination of lectures, workshops and laboratory classes.

    Spectroscopic Methods

    Study the quantum mechanical basis of spectroscopy and use this knowledge to understand atomic, rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopic techniques. 

    Forensic Science and Scientific Skills

    This module equips you with the numeracy, presentation and CV-writing skills, as well as the specialist practical and analytical skills needed in the field of forensics.

    Synthesis and Measurement

    You’ll explore bifunctional chemistry, heteroaromatic chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and electroanalytical chemistry through both lectures and laboratory work. 

    Inorganic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Thermodynamics

    You'll 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.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Analytical and Forensic Chemistry 1

    Explore the use of advanced forensic science techniques to solve complex and unpredictable problems and will provide the key principles and concepts behind these 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.

    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.

    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 and literature research. 

  • Optional

    Structural, Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Solids

    Explore the physical quantities and laws for describing and predicting the mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of solids, including cluster compounds. 

    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.

    Chemistry of Surfaces, Colloids and Molecular Machines

    ​In this module, you'll explore the field of molecular machines and porous solids, and learn about the behaviour of surfactants and colloidal particles in bulk and at surfaces. 

    Organic and Organometallic Chemistry

    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.

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

How you'll study

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.

Overall workload

408 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

792 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

51%
27%
22%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

408 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

792 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

44%
39%
17%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

300 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

900 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

47%
26%
27%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

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Entry requirements

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 an A level or BTEC in Biology and Chemistry/Applied Science at Grade C/Merit or above. Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points, including 5 in HL Chemistry and Biology
  • 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.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

Our teaching staff

  • Dr Michael Hird
    Reader in Organic Chemistry/ Admissions Tutor/ Director of Chemistry Part-Time Blended Learning and Apprenticeship Programmes.
    Dr Nigel A Young
    Senior Lecturer/ Chemistry Subject Group Head/ Industrial Placements Coordinator
    Dr Patrick Harrison
    Lecturer in Biochemistry

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

Fees for Home/EU students have not yet been confirmed for 2020/21. 2019/20 fees were £9,250 per year*. The University sets fees in line with Government direction.

International

£17,200 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.

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. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Forensic Scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Industrial chemist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Researcher

Well-trained forensic and analytical scientists are in great demand worldwide. You'll 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 public- and private-sector laboratories, government and industry.

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*Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

†Overall satisfaction score for this subject (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)