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