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The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Forensic Science and Criminology

Why choose this course?

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:

  • You will be introduced to the principles and methods of forensic practice, important techniques in forensic analysis and have the opportunity to examine a forensic issue in depth.
  • This will be balanced by developing an understanding of the criminal justice system in England and Wales and the principles and policies supporting the legal framework.
  • You attend both lectures and practical classes including laboratory work; if you study for an Honours Degree you will undertake an investigative project.
  • You will get the chance to gain essential work experience on an optional third-year placement.

Watch our video featuring students and staff to find out what it is like to study Forensic Science at the University of Wolverhampton.

What happens on the course?

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.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The Forensic Science and Law aspects of the course both contribute to professional body accredited awards.
  • The blend of legal knowledge and forensic science will allow you to develop yourself in either area.
  • A different approach to academic study is taken by either discipline that will give you a broader range of analytical tools with which to investigate materials for yourself.

Career path

  • Careers are open to you in the police force, as a scene of crime officer, in the prison and probation services, as well as in insurance companies, legal firms and independent forensic laboratories.
  • The course could help you to further your studies or pursue a career in teaching.

What skills will you gain?

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.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A level minimum of BB or CDD to include Biology or Chemistry.
  • Access to HE with 60 credits in total, 45 level 3 credits, 36 must be in Science of which 18 passed with minimum Merit.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade MMP or BTEC National Diploma grade DM.
  • Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or equivalent
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,700
Part time # £2,925

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 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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