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Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C or equivalent
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An offer of a place will not be made until you have attended a formal interview.
|Full time||£9,000||- *|
|Part time||- *|
2015/6 Fees for this course have not yet been agreed. As a guide please find below fees for last year.
|Part time #||£2,645|
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2014/5. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.
# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study
Year 1 of this exciting course introduces you to the world of the forensic scientist and crime scene investigator as well as providing the science that you will need to become a practising forensic analyst. These include key topics in genetics, biochemistry and cell biology together with an introduction to the legal system within which forensic scientists work. The course will deliver introductory modules in methods of forensic analysis and the role of forensic science in modern society.
In year 2 you will engage with the major subject areas within forensic science, including the considerations of evidence gathering at crime scenes. The use of DNA and insects in forensic work will be covered, as will the examination of chemicals as evidence. The information that bones and gravesites can tell us are also important aspects covered by the course. In addition, you will be introduced to methods for analysing handwriting, soil, weapons and bullets and bloodstains found at scenes of crime. You will have regular opportunities to put theory to practise in an extensive range of practical sessions, including crime scene investigation.
If you choose not to opt for a work placement in year 3, you move directly to your final year where you will study the science behind the work of forensic pathologists and toxicologists, examine in more detail many of the analytical techniques used by forensic scientists and experience the application of your knowledge and skills in the court room environment. We prepare you for working in a laboratory environment and for management roles in that sector by considering issues associated with laboratory management. Your Honours project will consist of a thorough piece of scientific research investigating an important area of forensic science.
You will have studied one of the most exciting areas within science. You will be a highly articulate individual capable of explaining science in non-specialist language. You will also be literate, numerate and have a high level of IT skills making you well equipped for today’s workplace.
You will be able to carry out laboratory analysis and will have the ability to enter any type of laboratory work and achieve within that employment sector. You will have gained a broad scientific knowledge in both Biology and Chemistry and so are able to deal with both subject areas.
Find out more on our Forensics pages
"During my degree I had the opportunity to study a Forensic Anthropology module, which ignited an unquenchable interest in ‘bones and bodies.’ Because of this, I went on to study for a Masters in Forensic and Biological Anthropology. I am now back at the University completing my Ph.D. research on post mortem decomposition."
"During the course I found that all of the lecturers were very knowledgeable, approachable and caring. I was quite ill during my last year but allowances were made which helped me cope. I always felt there was someone to turn to when I needed help."
"Last year, I landed a dream job! As a Criminal Intelligence Analyst with the West Midlands Police I help to reduce crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour. To get the job, I had to show that I had both the ability to work analytically and a logical way of thinking. The Forensic Science degree at Wolverhampton was the perfect preparation for this! The final year project was especially useful, because it helped me to develop the analytical skills I need for the job and gave me the confidence to present my work, which are both important aspects of my new job."
Find out more on our why forensic science? page