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The University of Wolverhampton

MSci (Hons)Forensic Science

Why choose this course?

The Master in Forensic Science degree is a four year undergraduate degree where the final year is studied completely at Masters level. This course gives a broad education in the core areas of Forensic Science. It introduces students to the latest developments in the Forensic Science and investigation and develops key practical and research skills. Once a thorough education in a broad range of Forensic Science has been accomplished this course allows you to study forensic science in more depth by specialising in areas such as identification of human remains or forensic mark analysis. Research projects are linked to active research within the University. Employment is available in numerous forensic companies, the police, scene of crime units and analytical companies. This Masters course can lead to careers in research and further study at PhD level.

Find out more on our Forensics pages.

What happens on the course?

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. You will start developing your research skills by undertaking a project development module, which will also involve an extended research-based practical. The honours project will consist of a thorough piece of scientific research investigating an important area of forensic science.

Year 4 develops and extends your research experience by continuing the project that was begun in year 3. You will have a wide range of topics to study from the investigation of scenes of fire, through the role that crime scene marks play in forensic investigation to the exciting world of identifying the deceased in the investigation of crime or dealing with the unfortunate events surrounding mass fatality incidents.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Wolverhampton was the first University in the West Midlands to receive full accreditation from the Forensic Science Society (FSSoc) for BSc Forensic Science. A recent surveillance visit, re-accrediting the course, praised us for the quality of these awards.
  • Unistats states that over a three year period 20% of our BSc Forensic Science graduates gain a first-class honours with another 50% gaining an upper-second class degree.
  • BSc Forensic Science is one of the first three courses in the UK to receive endorsement from forensic Skillsmark. We will be seeking re-endorsement for this award.
  • BSc (hons) Forensic Science is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), meaning the course meets the requirements for RSC associate membership upon graduation.
  • Forensic Science graduates have excellent job prospects. According to unistats.com, 75% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving, whilst 45% find “graduate level” jobs, placing us in the top 15 universities for employability.
  • The University has an exclusive Forensic work experience opportunity with the West Midlands Police.

Find out more on our Forensics pages

Career path

  • Forensic Science graduates have excellent job prospects. According to unistats.com, 75% of our graduates are in employment within 6 months of leaving, whilst 45% find “graduate level” jobs, placing us in the top 15 universities for employability.
  • Employment opportunities exist for you with the Forensic Science Sector both with independent providers of forensic analysis and police scientific work, insurance companies, legal firms and independent forensic laboratories.
  • Examples of possible future careers include scene of crime work, quality assurance in food and pharmaceutical manufacturing, trading standards, public and industrial health and safety, and accident investigation.
  • You could also train to become a science teacher or continue your studies as a postgraduate either on a Masters course or PhD.
  • Some of our graduates are working for the Forensic Science Service, LGC Forensics and Key Forensics as forensic scientists.
  • Others are working for the West Midlands Police, West Mercia Police, Staffordshire Police and the Leicestershire Constabulary as crime scene investigators, fingerprint and footwear analysts, criminal intelligence analysts and police officers.
  • For more information on careers, check out our why forensic Science? page

Who accredits this course?

This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) in all three of its component standards.

  • In addtion the University of Wolverhampton was one of the first three University courses to be endorsed by Forensic Skillsmark. We are currently in the process of applying for re-endorsement of this award and the Msci. Skillsmark is the recognised quality mark for learning and development programmes in the Justice and Community Safety sector. It is only awarded to courses which have undergone the rigorous Skillsmark endorsement process. Skillsmark endorsed programmes provide learners with the skills and knowledge they need for employment, skills that employers also want their staff to have. It also ensures that programmes are up to date and fit for purpose and have been designed specifically with employers’ needs in mind

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A-level minimum of ABB or AAC to include Chemistry and Biology.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade DDM.
  • 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

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2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.

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 2017/8. 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.

Contact us

Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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