Forensic Science BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)


January, September

Intermediate awards: CertHE, DipHE



You’ve got a keen, analytical mind and a need to get to the truth. Build on your respect for evidence and analytical sciences with our three year Forensic Science degree, accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Our Cambridge-based course gets you hands-on with specialist analytical equipment, authentic crime scene rooms and placement and internship opportunities with local police forces and forensic labs. You’ll graduate with the skills to start a career in forensic science and other analytical science-related fields.

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We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Graduating from this course prepares you for a range of careers in the forensic sector including crime scene investigation and laboratory analysis. In addition, the skills and knowledge you acquire are transferrable to a wide range of scientific and analytical-based jobs. Furthermore, you will be equipped to follow a career in other areas such as research, teaching, business, the law or further education.

Recent forensic science graduates have successfully secured jobs directly related to their degrees in the local police force and in companies such as LGC, Chemtest, Treatt and Cellmark.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Forensic Science.

Modules & assessment

Level 3 (foundation year)

  • Foundation in Optometry, Medical and Life Sciences
    This module will provide students with the necessary skills to begin studying at level 4 in courses related to Optometry, Medical Science and Life Sciences. Students will be introduced to the core skills necessary to succeed in higher education, including thinking critically, researching and referencing appropriately, demonstrating appropriate numeracy and ICT skills, and communicating effectively verbally and in writing. In addition to these fundamental study skills, Students will be given an introduction to the various scientific disciplines underpinning the life sciences. Fundamental mathematical skills will be covered in order to support students’ other subjects and give them confidence in manipulating data. Students will be introduced to molecular and cellular biology, and how these fields are applied to real-world investigations. Students will also study the biology of micro and macro organisms, with reference to both human and animal structures. Students will be introduced to the core concepts of chemistry, with a particular focus on organic chemistry, and will also be given a grounding in the core principles of physics, applied to living organisms. The module is made up of the following eight constituent elements: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC); Information Communication Technology (ICT); Critical Thinking; Maths for Scientists; Cellular Biology; Biology – Physiology; Chemistry; Physics for Life Sciences.

Year one, core modules

  • United Kingdom Legal Systems and Law for Forensic Scientists
    Working in the field of forensic science requires an understanding of the different legal systems of the United Kingdom: England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In this module you will look at the development of law across these different legal systems and exploring the Jury system and the investigation of crime in each. As a part of your learning you will apply legislation to real life case studies, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios throughout this module. You will develop knowledge of the different powers of the police as well as the expected requirements of those working as CSIs (Crime Scene Investigators) or forensic scientists. You will develop an understanding of the laws of evidence as they relate to these roles as well as the codes of practice of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) or Procurator Fiscal. You will have the opportunity to visit the magistrates and crown court to observe how real-life trials are conducted within the UK, giving you a better understanding of the processes of criminal justice system during trials. Through examining previous cases you will develop critical thinking skills as well as the ability to read legislation. You will also develop communication skills through interactive tutorial sessions, and carry out debates within lectures.
  • Applied Science for Forensic Investigators
    All forensic investigators require a strong grounding in science and in this module, you will be introduced to the basic scientific principles needed for the rest of your course and beyond. You will be introduced to the broad scientific disciplines within forensic science, including chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics. You will develop the analytical skills necessary to interpret forensic evidence and be able to apply scientific principles to forensic case studies. Your introduction to chemistry will include a discussion of the periodic table and properties of elements, atomic structure and chemical bonding. You will also be introduced to the basic principles of molecular biology, focussing on the polymerase chain reaction and short tandem repeats, and how these are used in forensic and investigative sciences. We will discuss the basic principles of biochemistry and human anatomy in the context of how biological evidence may be used in forensic cases. We will also look at the basic physical principles underlying blood spatter analysis. You will learn through a series of lectures and tutorials where you will apply your knowledge to real-world forensic situations and contexts. A significant practical element is included, so that you gain competence and confidence in performing basic laboratory techniques such as the use of micropipettes, microscopy, presumptive testing, and thin layer chromatography (TLC). By completing practical sessions, you will also develop your numeracy, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Interactive lectures will also help to develop your communication skills and teamwork. Your learning here will benefit you in career pathways such as a forensic scientist, analytical science, scientific support, crime scene examination and police officers.
  • Introduction to Forensic Photography and Methodologies
    Here you will be introduced to the theoretical and practical aspect of the methodologies used for forensic application including photography, crime scene examination and evidence analysis. This will be achieved via a series of lectures and practicals carried out during the first academic year. In the first semester, you will focus on learning the basics of photography such as how to use a camera and the different functions i.e. flash, focus and depth of field. You will also cover the legislation surrounding recorded evidence and the procedure for handling, recording, storing and submission of photographic evidence. The skills adopted will underpin your ability to develop further understanding regarding the practical approaches to crime scene photography which are use both by crime scene officers and forensic scientists. It also provide a platform on which to build knowledge from other modules. Following photography you will then get into the topic of crime scene examination where you will learn about the procedures used for processing of a crime scene, the different types of evidence that can be encountered, their value and interpretation at the scene, how to recover, package appropriately to ensure integrity and continuity. This will be followed by examination of evidence. The basic concepts of microscopy and the different types of instruments will be covered particularly with respect to hair and fibre analysis. Other evidence types which will be discussed include body fluid identification, DNA analysis, drugs of abuse and toxicology. The importance of ISO accreditation, taking of contemporaneous notes and prevention of contamination will be highlighted throughout the module content. All these will help your knowledge and skills if you would like to pursue a career as an investigative or forensic scientist. To help you achieving your goals, this module also include an element of personal development program and it is related directly to Personal Development Tutor (PDT) and Group Tutorial sessions. Through a portfolio, you will be encouraged to meet with your personal tutor, discuss your challenges and ambitions, reflect on your achievements and skills that you require and devise a plan to achieve your goals. On the other hand, the group tutorial are developed to help you with your academic progressions and employability skills. All this falls in line with the university graduate capitals.
  • Personal and Professional Development - Level 4
    At Anglia Ruskin University we strive to ensure that you receive an outstanding academic education and student experience - and understand that, whilst embedding employability skills within the credit-bearing curriculum is important, it is only part of the set of achievements needed to obtain employment. This zero-credit module will be used to track and verify the progress you've made with respect to key employability skills and endeavours. You'll work closely with your personal tutor, Students' Union Volunteering Service, Study Skills Plus, and Faculty Employability Advisor to engage with co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities and activities to enhance your personal attributes.
  • Physical and Quantitative Chemistry for Forensic Scientists
    Forensic science relies heavily on the analytical identification of substances. You will be introduced to some of the fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry used in forensic science, with a focus on chemical analysis and quantification. You will undertake basic chemical analysis and calculations with an emphasis on the acquisition of accurate and precise laboratory results demonstrating good laboratory practice. Examples will be drawn from throughout the forensic sciences. We will also be exploring chemical equilibria, energy transfer, thermodynamics, thermochemistry and kinetics. You will be therefore be able to explain why chemical changes occur, essential for later topics in the course. You will be taught by a range of methods, including lectures, tutorials and practicals, where you will use actual forensic samples which will enhance your competency in the laboratory and ability to interpret practical results. The tutorials will be focussed on problem solving based on the topics covered. You will also carry out laboratory competency-based tests to show your practical skills, awareness of good laboratory practice and avoidance of contamination. The employability skills you will develop include problem solving, data interpretation, communication, the ability to work in a group, time management and numeracy and literacy, all essential skills in a forensic scientist.
  • Physical Criminalistics
    The examination of most physical forensic evidence requires a knowledge of the characteristics of a wide range of materials. A forensic scientist has no way of predicting what evidential types will be available and/or significant when an investigation begins, so all criminalists require a basic knowledge of the main evidence types. Through a series of integrated lecture and practical sessions, you will learn the physical properties of the most common types of evidence encountered at crime scenes. You will develop the professionalism to determine when to seek more highly qualified or expert advice on the basis of 'if in doubt then do no harm'. You will focus on physical evidence, and will cover the basic principles of a forensic examination, the physical properties of documents, glass fragments (including fracture patterns and optical properties), paint, tool, tyre and footwear marks, soil and vegetation, and finger marks as well as other body prints. You will be taught via laboratory-based practical sessions and group work, enabling you to develop your teamwork as well as transferrable communication skills essential in a professional forensics laboratory.

Year two, core modules

  • Forensic Genetics
    One of the most powerful tools for identifying individuals at a crime scene is through DNA analysis. You will gain a detailed knowledge of the fundamental principles of forensic genetics in order to be able to analyse samples and determine their origin. You will be introduced to the relevant accreditation procedures for crime scenes and laboratory (International organisation for Standardisation – including ISO 17020 and ISO 17025) and learn how to perform preliminary tests of biological fluids. You will carry out the full process of DNA analysis including: sample extraction, extraction, quantification, amplification, fragment analysis and data analysis through a series of interactive lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You will also learn to apply the statistical interpretation of single source and mixed DNA profiles within a forensic context, including calculating match probability, likelihood ratios, and paternity indices, as well as how to prepare statements to be delivered in court. In addition to current DNA analytical methods such as using short tandem repeats (STRs) and DNA-17 profiling, you will also learn about other markers including mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y- chromosome STRs, and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). You will also be introduced to the latest technologies and methods such as RNA analysis (messenger RNA, microRNA), DNA methylation, next generation sequencing (NGS) and bioinformatics. The combination of theoretical and practical skills gained during the module are highly transferable for the forensic, clinical, and biological laboratory and other job opportunities.
  • Forensic Scene Examination
    Forensic scene examination builds on your knowledge of evidence recovery and packaging. You will gain hands-on experience of recovery of evidence in authentic crime scenes and will be exposed to a variety of volume (everyday) crime scenes that will build your confidence in recovery techniques. We will also discuss accreditation standards relevant to various roles within the crime and forensic fields. By enhancing your knowledge of quality and competency standards, you will be able to recognise how the issues around contamination determine the process of your examination. The recovery and processing of evidence relies on continuity and the integrity of each stage. As you progress through the module you will gain an understanding of how important the chain of evidence from the crime scene to the laboratory is. As well as the crime scene practical sessions, you will also discover the crucial value of evidence to any criminal case. You will complete Laboratory Submissions Forms to submit your evidence, providing your reasoning as to why this evidence will be submitted. For both the crime scene and laboratory submission aspects, you will focus on the correct recording of crime scenes using photography, sketching and contemporaneous note taking, maintaining continuity and integrity of your evidence. While developing your report writing skills, you will also gain further communication skills from working in small teams, organising and taking responsibility for all aspects of your evidence. You will be prepared for future employment with enhanced familiarity with crime scene processes, forensic and policing terminology, laboratory etiquette, and how the whole process fits within investigations.
  • Forensic Spectroscopy Techniques
    Much of the routine work of the practising forensic scientist involves the identification of substances such as drugs, explosives, fibres, paint pigments and many others. You will develop an understanding of the different types of electromagnetic (EM) radiation and the analytical techniques that utilise EM radiation to excite samples in order to obtain qualitative information. You will learn the theory that underpins Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation (MALDI) mass spectrometry, X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and other x-ray analysis techniques including X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Scanning Electron Microscopy Energy Dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX). You will also learn about the design and configuration of the analytical instruments that are used. In addition, you will gain confidence in the interpretation of spectroscopic data. The taught sessions include lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions where students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of various spectroscopic instruments. The employability skills gained through this module include problem solving, self-management, critical thinking, communication, resilience, numeracy and application of IT. Together with the academic and practical skills gained, you will be equipped for a variety of careers including forensic science, analytical science and scientific research.
  • Chemical Criminalistics
    Evidence at crime scenes can be composed of a wide variety of substances. Chemical criminalists therefore require knowledge of chemistry, sample preparation, analysis and results interpretation from the analysis of different evidence types such as greasy marks (e.g. cosmetics), fire debris, environmental samples, food samples, finger marks etc. We will cover the chemical analytical aspects of the forensic evidence examination in this module. We will also discuss the chemistry of arson accelerants and their chemical natures and explore the methods used for fire debris analysis. You will apply your theoretical knowledge in laboratory-based practical sessions where you will work in a small group, enabling you to work as a team and communicate with group members. You will therefore develop teamwork and communication skills, as well as enhanced laboratory skills, essential for forensic scientists but also applicable to any analytical role.
  • Forensic Analytical Chemistry
    You will develop knowledge and gain experience of analysing "real" forensic science samples using a variety of chromatographic (Liquid and Gas Chromatography and relevant detectors including Mass spectrometry (MS) coupled techniques) and spectroscopic techniques (Inductively coupled plasma – ICP) and ultraviolet (UV-Vis)). We will also review the underlying quality management principles that are involved in such analyses, to gain a better understanding of analytical data and its critique, and develop good laboratory practice. In addition, you will appreciate the challenges in the forensic chemical analysis market, including competency testing and method validation under the ISO 17025. Knowledge of the appropriate choice of analytical method, the results that are generated, and their interpretation, are central to forensic chemistry. You will be taught through lectures, problem-based tutorials, practicals, and revision sessions. You will gain hands-on experience of using the different types of instrumentation, with the use of different sample and standard preparation methods. You are also encouraged to show ‘ownership’ of your analysis by retrieving and selecting your results after analysis. You will develop your oral presentation skills, presenting a topic of emerging chromatography techniques in forensic science. You will also undertake a laboratory competency-based test to assess your skills. You will study a wide range of topic areas that will prepare you to become an analytical scientist to enable you to work in chemistry-based analytical laboratories specialising in forensic analytical chemistry.
  • Personal and Professional Development - Level 5
    At Anglia Ruskin University we strive to ensure that you receive an outstanding academic education and student experience - and understand that, whilst embedding employability skills within the credit-bearing curriculum is important, it is only part of the set of achievements needed to obtain employment. This zero-credit module will be used to track and verify the progress you've made with respect to key employability skills and endeavours. You'll work closely with your personal tutor, Students' Union Volunteering Service, Study Skills Plus, and Faculty Employability Advisor to engage with co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities and activities to enhance your personal attributes.

Work placement (optional placement year)

Year three, core modules

  • Undergraduate Major Project
    You will create in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work, focused on a topic of your choice. You could choose your topic from a variety of sources including research groups, previous/current work experience, your current employer, a suggestion from your tutor or a topic you are specifically interested in. You will identify problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate and adopt suitable development methodologies, determine solutions, develop hardware, software and/or media artifacts as appropriate, process data, critically appraise and present your finding using a variety of media. Regular meetings with your project supervisor will ensure your project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction.
  • Advanced Forensic Methodologies
    The final year of your course, you will have learnt a wide variety of techniques. This module is designed to provide you with handson practical experience in analysing a crime scene with limited supervision, allowing you to appreciate the diversity of evidence available and understand the context in which you must operate as expert witnesses for your role in the analysis of the evidence. You will be presented with a simulated case and crime scene, and will be asked to work as part of an independent team conducting an investigation into the nature and interpretation of the evidence, and present the results in a moot court. The importance of impartiality will be stressed and tested during the moot court. You are expected to work within your team, fostering independent working and engaging with the specific roles and tasks that will have been set. You will be expected to critically evaluate the case and evidence at hand, plan and analyse relevant forensic evidence taking into consideration the various scientific techniques available, and prepare to present and defend your work and results in a simulated court setting. To prepare for this final stage, you will be encouraged to attend a court room session to get a feel for the settings and procedures. You will develop skills such as self- management, project management, team work, problem solving and critical thinking. You will gain first-hand experience of what it means to be a crime scene investigator or a forensic scientist, and act as an expert witness, essential for those who would like to continue their career progressions in these fields.
  • Forensic Analysis of Drugs and Poisons
    Drug trafficking, use and addiction are responsible for much of the crime which occurs in our society. In this respect forensic scientists have an important role to play both in the classification of drugs from seizures and the analysis of drugs in body fluids. You will be able to link these two important disciplines. Many of the techniques used for quantitative analysis of street drugs and toxicological specimens are identical; in both cases the definitive results arise from mass spectrometric determination. However you will discover that there are essential differences in the actual procedures used. The main focus of street drug analysis is on the processes used in drug identification and profiling. You will explore the materials that can be used, critically evaluating the processes and methodologies applied, and review the data generated and appraise the interpretations. Forensic toxicology combines the specialist areas of analytical chemistry and pathology. A forensic toxicologist detects and identifies foreign chemicals (toxins) in the body. In order to accurately interpret toxicological findings, it is essential that the toxicologist has an understanding of the pharmacology of that substance and the pathological effects it has on the body. You will explore both toxicological and drug profiling data in court presentations. You will have access to our digital library and suitable websites identified through our online learning system. Through practical sessions you will develop your self-management skills, organisational skills, critical thinking, team-working skills as well as working to ISO17025 requirements. The use of interactive lectures will develop your communication skills and critical thinking further. This module prepares you for a career in forensic chemistry, forensic toxicology, toxicology and analytical chemistry.
  • Forensic Pathology
    Forensic pathology is a discipline of pathology concerned with the investigation of deaths where there are medico-legal implications, for example, suspected homicide and other complex medico-legal cases. Forensic pathologists are medically qualified doctors who perform autopsies on sudden, unexpected and suspicious deaths. The forensic investigation of death is a multi-disciplinary approach that involves collaboration between pathologists, crime scene investigators, forensic scientists and other experts in the forensic field. You will be introduced to the field of forensic pathology, which contributes to the investigation of suspicious death and identification of the deceased. We will cover the code of conduct and performance standards that are developed for forensic pathology. You will study the role of forensic pathology in fulfilling the key functions of the medico-legal autopsy determination of cause of death, postmortem changes after death, estimate of time since death, traumatic causes of death and asphyxias. You will also learn how the forensic pathologist works in close collaboration with police and crime investigators in the investigation of a suspicious death. A number of case studies and peer-reviewed articles relating to the subject area will be covered in the lecture and seminar sessions. This module will help you to develop your critical thinking, teamwork, communication and presentation skills.
  • Advanced Fire and Explosion Investigation
    Investigation of fires and explosions is a crucial aspect of law enforcement. You will develop your knowledge of fire investigation and the chemistry of Ignitable Liquids and their Residues (ILs and ILRs) You will gain a detailed insight into the factors involved in the initiation and propagation of fires and explosions relating to vapours, liquids and solid fuels. You will also consider the various states and types of combustion and how different conditions cause progression and development through to a full compartment fire. Your knowledge will be contextualised and applied within fire and explosive investigation, including calculating explosive power, vapour/air mixes forming explosive mixtures, heat release rate and flux generated at different stages of fire progression and Investigation of fires and explosions is a crucial aspect of law enforcement. You will also explore possible cause and origin, physical evidence (smoke/soot patterns at a fire scene) and fire development. You will consider the types of explosives and their classification based on stimulus and explosive power, including those explosive used and developed by the military and also improvised explosives, Various aspects of explosive analysis will be explored as will the forensic approaches to investigating a complex explosive scene and the specialist laboratories involved. You will gain hands-on experience of chromatography instrumentation and be taught how to interpret the chromatograms of complex mixtures. You will learn a wide range of topic areas that will prepare you to become a trainee investigator or a forensic analytical chemist specialising in fire and explosive debris analysis. Through the practical aspects of this module you will develop good laboratory practice skills, including working to ISO17025. The analysis of forensic samples will improve your problem solving skills, data interpretation, communication and numeracy skills.
  • Forensic Anthropology
    Forensic anthropology involves the analysis of skeletal remains to assist in the identification of victims of crimes or mass disasters. This is a global role, meaning that your learning could take you anywhere, applying your knowledge to criminal investigations and mass disasters. You will explore the processes involved in search, recovery and identification of human remains, considering the role of the anthropologist both at the crime scene and the mortuary. You will learn how the anthropologist works with other experts within the investigative framework, and cover both domestic and international applications - from single fatality investigations through to the use of anthropology during mass fatality incidents. You will enhance your knowledge of the complexity of forensic responses to major crimes, key to employment in forensic and investigative roles. You will discover the methods of archaeology and osteology and their application to forensic contexts, with an emphasis on basic principles and the critical application of techniques and their selection. A variety of resources will be available to you during the lectures and practical sessions, including our collection of human remains and anthropological teaching aids. We will also discuss case studies and peer reviewed articles. The complexity of scene types involving the recovery of buried and/or skeletal remains will allow you to draw on your fundamental knowledge of crime scene and laboratory protocols and procedures. Your understanding of the roles of subject specific forensic experts and how they fit into a complex investigation will be enhanced. The skills developed on this module, which include team working, time management and the development of complex forensic argument, are core to a career in the forensic or investigative sector. You will be given clear guidance on the role and career of a forensic anthropologist, but also how the skills, such as differentiation of human/animal bones, can be utilised within other careers such as a crime scene examiner.


Throughout the course, we will use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress and ensure you are developing the knowledge and skills required. This course has a hands-on approach and most of the modules you take will have a practical element, so you will be able to develop your crime scene and laboratory skills. Your written, verbal, numerical and problem solving skills will be assessed through examinations, class-tests, laboratory reports, portfolios, role play, presentations and a final year research project in a forensic area of your choice.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

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This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.

Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.

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Fees & funding

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You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees


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Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in September 2020.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

Entry requirements for foundation year study at ARU College:

  • five GCSE passes at grade 3 or D or above and evidence of two years post-GCSE study at Level 3
  • if you have achieved at least grade E in one A level, or equivalent, you are exempt from the two year post-GCSE study requirement, but you still have to meet the GCSE requirements
  • if English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificate level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 overall including 5.5 in each band/component.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

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If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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