BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

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Introduction

Learn to collect and analyse material from crime scenes, and present scientific evidence in court with our accredited BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree.

"My idea of what I want to do after my degree is always changing but my lecturers have discussed all the opportunities I have. They have gone above and beyond to show me education fairs, research placements and jobs that they think I would be suited to. I feel really inspired by their belief in me."

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science student

Our course will teach you the principles of forensic science, from crime scene to court room. Based in our £45m Science Centre in Cambridge, you’ll analyse and investigate a range of evidence in crime scene rooms and the forensic lab.

With a focus on chemical and biological analysis, you’ll find out what that evidence means. We look at ways to ‘read’ data, interpret the results and present your evidence in court.

You’ll get hands-on with specialist analytical equipment, under the guidance of expert tutors. And you’ll learn outside the classroom too, with visits to law courts and a local mortuary, and opportunities to work with local police forces and forensic labs.

Graduate with advanced skills in chemistry, biology and laboratory analysis – ready to start a career as a forensic scientist.

Get a sneak preview of our course: try your hand at online quizzes, solve a crime, hear about our latest research and tackle a chemistry word search.

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Facilities and accreditation

Specialist labs

At ARU you’ll be based in our Science Centre in Cambridge, which features:

  • authentic crime scene rooms
  • specialist equipment such as gas chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography (LC) instruments with different detection systems
  • biological analysis instruments including a Nanodrop 1000 spectrophotometer, Qubit fluorometer and a Lightcycler 96 real-time PCR system
  • comparison, polarizing light and confocal microscopes
  • the opportunity to get hands-on experience of analytical techniques including Raman spectroscopy, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy, and microspectrophotometry.

Learn outside the classroom

All our forensic science students can take part in:

  • visits to the Magistrates' Court and Crown Court
  • guest lectures from visiting professionals
  • an optional work placement year.

There’s also the opportunity to conduct your dissertation in collaboration with Cambridgeshire Police or a forensic laboratory.

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Studying this accredited course qualifies you to become a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Careers

As a forensic science graduate you’ll be ready to work in a range of careers including laboratory analysis, quality control analysis, crime scene investigation and policing.

In fact, having gained a number of transferable skills, you’ll find you can explore roles in broader scientific and analytical-based jobs. Or you can consider a career in areas such as research, teaching or further education.

Some of our recent graduates are working in local police forces, and in lab settings for companies such as LGC, Chemtest, Treatt, Anglian Water and Cellmark.

Whichever direction you take, you can be sure that you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that industry needs. We work with employers, and they help us review what we teach and how we teach it – offering hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a range of postgraduate courses including MSc Forensic Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science student

"I enjoy the wide variety of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials which enable me to explore my particular areas of interest, while also knowing that I am receiving a fully rounded education. The lecturers are enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable and put the wellbeing of their students as a priority."

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science student

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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