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 metabolism work? On this module, we illuminate the biochemical pathways that utilise sugars, proteins and lipids for energy generation by our cells and our bodies.
Cell Structure and Function
Gain an understanding of cell organisation. In practical sessions you’ll learn how to use a light microscope, produce clear scientific figures and measure the size and number of cells.
Explore topics including: the circulatory system, blood and cardiac muscles; the nervous system; reproduction; respiration; the gastro-intestinal system: and the endocrine system.
Second year modules
This module introduces you to the human anatomy in detail. You’ll explore topics including: the structure of the human skeleton, major landmarks, and joints and classification.
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
Alongside developing your research skills in biological disciplines, you’ll complete assessments such as applying for a job by submitting a CV and cover letter.
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
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.
Current Topics in Forensic Science
Develop your science communication skills for different audiences whilst researching a contemporary topic in forensic science. You’ll also develop your inquiry and critique skills.
Forensic Analysis of Drugs
Explore the challenges of drugs of abuse and their analysis for the forensic scientist within the context of the legal system. You will also consider the physiological and societal impact of them.
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.
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.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.