What you study
In Year 1, the basics of forensics and the science behind it - biology and chemistry - are studied, alongside laboratory techniques and skills.
Year 2 builds upon the basics of the science behind forensics, alongside law.
During Year 3, you are introduced to the specialties of forensice science case work and research, for example, crime scene work, trace evidence and body fluid analysis.
The Honours year (Year 4) covers detailed forensic science specialties, for example, DNA and substances of abuse. These specialities are covered alongside an intensive forensic science project.
For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BSc with Honours in Forensic Sciences
How you learn and are assessed
We offer a broad range of learning environments, including traditional lecture and tutorial format, student-led learning, interactive class sessions, practical and a substantial element of laboratory work. We encourage independent study, meaning that you take responsibility for your own learning.
Your study is assessed with a variety of methods enabling you to demonstrate progress in different ways. Coursework typically includes laboratory 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 are individually supported by an experienced research active member of staff.
Lab reports, essays, oral presentations and exams.
Year 1 is approximately 50% exam and 50% coursework.
Year 4 is approximately 100% exam in some instances - not including final year project, which is coursework based.