Teesside University Forensic Science

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Teesside University Forensic Science

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

UCAS code: F412 BSc/FS

This BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree course at Teesside University is multi-disciplinary. In addition to learning the vital skills relevant to a forensic scientist, you develop an in-depth understanding of key biology and chemistry subjects such as biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, toxicology and analytical chemistry.

Potential careers include work related to crime and forensic investigation, forensic science, forensic anthropology, analytical chemistry, pharmaceuticals and teaching to name just a few.

Taking criminal investigation as an example, fragments of glass, paint flakes, fibres, footwear marks or DNA extracted from body fluids can help provide evidence to link individuals with each other or with the scene of a crime. The challenge is deciding which samples to examine and how to obtain the best evidential value by analysing and interpreting them. On this course you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to meet these challenges. You gain hands-on experience in well-equipped laboratories where you use an array of scientific and analytical techniques commonly used to investigate a crime, examine items and recover evidence. You also practice delivering your expert testimony in our on-campus replica courtroom.

Starting salaries for graduate forensic scientists are around £20,000, increasing to £45,000+ when a senior level is reached (prospects.ac.uk, 2015).

Course structure

Year 1 core modules
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Chemical Science
  • Cell Biology and Microbiology
  • Core Skills in Forensic and Scene Science
  • Introduction to Crime Scene Examination
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
Year 2 core modules
  • Expert Witness and The Law
  • Forensic Analytical Techniques
  • Forensic Scene Examination
  • Investigations in Forensic Biology
  • Investigations in Forensic Chemistry
  • Science Research Methods and Proposal
Final-year core modules
  • Forensic Analytical Chemistry
  • Forensic Biology and DNA Analysis
  • Science Research Project
  • Serious Crime Investigation
and one optional module
  • Drugs and Toxicology
  • Forensic Ecology
  • Forensic Medicine

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 years with work placement)

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Part-time

  • 6 years if entering in Year 1, 4 years if entering in Year 2

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