Abertay University Forensic Science

Abertay University Forensic Science

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.


Why choose this course?

  • The course has an experience-led and problem-solving approach to learning, with a focus on contemporary forensic practice, including optional, specific work placements.
  • It is taught by forensic science practitioners who have come directly from industry, and have links with a number of forensic science providers within the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
  • It is professionally accredited and commended by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences;  graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSoFS) upon graduation.

Forensic Science is the application of scientific knowledge and techniques in support of the legal process.  This exciting course includes the following three main study areas:  forensic science, chemistry and biology, with the addition of supporting topics such as law and embedded statistics.

The Forensic Sciences degree covers a full range of topics including crime scene investigation, body fluid analysis, DNA profiling, trace evidence analysis – including fibres, glass and paint – fingerprinting and substances of abuse.