Forensic Sciences

Go beyond the police tape and learn in cutting-edge facilities with this fascinating and highly practical Forensic Sciences degree.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Award Title

BSc (Hons)



Why study Abertay's BSc (Hons) in Forensic Sciences?

Go beyond the police tape with this fascinating and highly-practical Forensic Sciences degree. Learn the techniques that underpin the recognition, identification, recovery, analysis and evaluation of information which can be used as evidence in a court of law.

Are you literate, numerate and analytical? Do you like to solve problems for fun? Are you naturally inquisitive with a passion for chemistry and biology? Put these traits to work during a Forensic Sciences degree that equips you with the knowledge required to help support the legal process.

It’s a hands-on degree, which allows you to analyse a variety of scenes in our purpose-built facilities, and learn the following physical and chemical analysis techniques in our state-of-the-art laboratories:

  • Crime scene investigation
  • Body fluid analysis
  • DNA profiling
  • Forensic chromatography and spectroscopy
  • Fingerprinting
  • Substances of abuse

This highly vocational programme is broken down into three main study areas – forensic science, chemistry and biology – and dovetails modules from the Division of Law to prepare you for a variety of workplace situations.

This course scored an amazing 90% for Overall Student Satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS)Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't take our word for it:

  • Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2020 for Teaching Quality.
  • Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with TeachingCourse and Feedback.
  • National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.

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How the Course Works


Learning and Assessment 

You’ll learn via traditional lectures and tutorials, student-led learning, interactive class sessions, practical work and a substantial element of laboratory work. We encourage you to be self-motivated and to study independently, which means you will take responsibility for your own learning.

Assessment is by a variety of methods, enabling you to demonstrate progress in different ways.

Coursework typically includes lab reports, essays and oral presentations.

Formal exams typically include questions that require either short answers or essays, coupled with problem-solving of forensic-related challenges.

In your final dissertation, you’re individually supported by an experienced research-active member of staff.

Year 1 is approximately 50% exam and 50% coursework.

Year 4 is approximately 80% exam in some instances. This does not include your final year project, which is coursework based.


Our Forensic Sciences degree is professionally accredited and commended by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSoFS), which means you’re eligible to apply for associate membership upon graduating. This programme is taught by practitioners who’ve come directly from the industry, as well as forensic researchers at the cutting edge of their fields. 

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a pass Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4.  National 5 Lifeskill Maths not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Republic of Ireland applicants, click on the UK tabs and scroll down to find your Entry Requirements.

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Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher (standard entry) BBBB To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry. National 5 Chemistry (or equivalent) must be present for entry in the absence of Higher Chemistry.
Higher (minimum entry) We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria. Find out if you're eligible for minimum entry (see below). BBC To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry at B
A-Level CCC To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry
Irish Highers H3H3H3H3 To include Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry
International Baccalaureate 28 Points Biology or Human Biology or Physics or Chemistry at S5/H4
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Applied Science (all pathways)
AHEAD Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP Access BBB Access to: Life Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Science, Biological Sciences, Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher BBB To include Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology
A-Level BBB To include Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Applied Science
HNC/HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

Non-country specific qualifications


International Baccalaureate

28 points including S5 or H4 in one of the required subjects:

Country Specific Requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants from over the world. Select your country from the below options.