Forensic science makes a significant impact on procedures for solving crimes and on legal processes in the UK – this course blends these two topical subject areas:
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In your first year you will explore the world of the forensic scientist and crime scene investigator. 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 allow you to choose to further your knowledge in forensic analysis or crime scenes. In addition, the ways in which popular and official knowledge about crime, punishment and victimisation is constructed will be introduced.
During your second year, you will engage with the major subject areas within forensic science, including the considerations of evidence gathering at crime scenes; the use of DNA, insects and poisons in forensic work. In addition you will be introduced to methods for analysing blood marks at scenes of crime, handwriting, weapons and bullets and soil. You can choose to study the information that bones and gravesites can tell or the examination of chemicals as evidence. You will discuss the relationship between police and society, together with the main theories of crime, punishment and sentencing.
During your third or fourth year, depending on whether you take an optional sandwich placement, you will study the science behind the work of forensic pathologists and experience the application of your knowledge and skills in the court room environment. You can choose to study many of the analytical techniques used by forensic scientists, the role of the forensic toxicologist or management roles in forensic laboratories. Your Honours project will consist of a thorough piece of scientific research investigating an important area of forensic science. The criminology and criminal justice aspects of the course will allow you to choose form a wide variety of subjects in the general are that will build on your previous study to complement the forensic science component of the course. You will also carry out an investigative research project of your choice.
You will be a literate, numerate and articulate graduate with a knowledge base that spans two distinct disciplines. The combined approach of these awards will mean that you will be able to use the independent study skills from two disparate subject areas to further your life ambitions. Your subject blend will allow you a unique entry point into the graduate job market or equip you for further study.
Access to HE with 60 credits in total, 45 level 3 credits, 36 must be in Science of which 18 passed with minimum Merit.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course
|Part time #||£2,925|
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
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These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
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