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Undergraduate

BSc Forensic Science

Gain practical experience of crime scene investigation, lab analysis and how to present evidence in court.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

F410

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Start date

Course overview

At Hull, we teach you more than the theory of forensic science. 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. You'll also be able to make use of the range of relevant expertise and facilities at Hull.

You'll benefit 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.

Six reasons to study Forensic Science at Hull

  1. Top 10 in the UK for Medical Technology*
  2. Excellent links with local police forces
  3. Become proficient with forensic laboratory methods
  4. Our research is 'internationally excellent'
  5. Practical experience of crime scene investigation
  6. Designed in collaboration with forensic scientists

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

  • Core

    Introduction to Forensic Science

    The forensic science fundamentals. Explore crime scene protocol and preserving evidence; fire and firearms investigation; scenes of explosion; and DNA and bodily fluids. 

    Introduction to DNA and Chromatography

    On this module, you’ll explore the concepts of DNA and how scientists characterise DNA, and you’ll learn how to explain concepts in chromatography.

    Skills for Forensic Science

    Learn the essential skills to engage with forensic science. You’ll gain the necessary theory and practice to be able to use scientific principles in the field.

    Biochemistry

    How does our metabolism work? On this module, we illuminate the biochemical pathways that utilise sugars, proteins and lipids for energy generation by our cells and ultimately our bodies. 

    Cell Structure and Function

    Gain a basic understanding of cell organisation. Learn how to use a light microscope and link the structure and function of the major cellular organelles to basic biochemical pathways.

    Human Physiology

    Study topics such as the circulatory system, blood and cardiac muscles; the nervous system; reproduction; respiration; the gastro-intestinal system and the endocrine system.​

Second year modules

  • Core

    Human Anatomy

    Explore the structure of the human skeleton; joints and classification; relevant stabilising structures; muscles and their origins; insertions, actions and nerve supply; and movements. 

    Forensic Science in Practice

    Learn the problem-solving approaches used in forensic science. You'll get practical experience of the techniques used in forensic labs as well as studying real forensic and toxicology cases.

    Crime Scene to Courtroom I

    This module introduces you to the skills forensic scientists use in criminal cases. Exploring socio-legal and criminological theory, you’ll learn how to translate crime scene findings into evidence.

    Professional and Research Skills for Forensic Scientists

    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. ​

    Molecular Cell Biology and Histopathology

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

    Crime Scene to Courtroom II

    This module is dedicated to the study of case reports focusing on criminal acts. You’ll handle simulated evidence from crime scenes, developing authentic skills employed in forensic science.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Final year lab-based project (40 credits)

    A unique opportunity to work on a lab-based project alongside researchers. You'll input into experimental design and will analyse your data before writing it up in your dissertation. 

  • Optional

    Advanced Forensic Science

    Explore the methods for investigating and solving forensic cases. You'll look at extracting information from forensic data and the effect of toxic compounds and drugs on the body. 

    Analytical Chemistry 1

    Through advanced analytical chemistry practicals, you’ll explore the development and validation of lab quality control procedures vital to producing valid scientific evidence.

    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 on society. Input from NHS clinical staff allows you to explore the benefits of population screening. 

    Human Genetics

    Examine human disease and the underlying genetic causes. Learn about cytogenetics and genetic counselling, as well as the inheritance of recessive and dominant diseases.

    Analytical Chemistry 2

    Develop an insight into state-of-the-art approaches to bioanalysis and forensic analytical sciences. This module covers biosensors and lab-on-a-chip devices.

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

Indicative assessment proportions

55%
45%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

Indicative assessment proportions

38%
7%
55%
  • 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

Indicative assessment proportions

27%
8%
65%
  • 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.

Claire Densham Forensic Science

"I have enjoyed the teaching throughout the whole course, specifically how supportive and welcoming all the lecturers are both during and after each lecture they present."

Entry requirements

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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.

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.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

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 Barbara Guinn
    Reader in Biomedical Science
    Dr Dan Stratton
    Lecturer / Director of Studies for Forensic Science / Module Leader for Molecular Cell Biology

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

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
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Detective

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.

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*Complete University Guide, 2018

†Research Excellence Framework, 2014