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Forensic Science, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Our team of forensic professionals have used their years of industry experience to design an accredited programme
  • We offer specialist forensic provision, outstanding laboratory and crime scene facilities
  • 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016
  • Big subject, small classes

Overview

Overview

Forensic scientists utilise skills from a wide range of academic disciplines. This programme's regular laboratory sessions, practical scenarios in our mock crime scenes and lectures from experts in their field give an insight into the fascinating world of present day forensic science.

Professional development

Students can also become members of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and be invited to attend the society's regular seminars across the country.

This degree enables you to receive high-quality, broad-based scientific training that will not restrict you when choosing your career. Both the theoretical and practical teaching given broadens the vital transferable skills that are needed for a successful career, not only in the Forensic Science industry, but also the pharmaceutical, chemistry and biological industry sectors.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop your knowledge base and practical skills so you can become a competent and effective forensic scientist
  • To provide you with the confidence and ability to apply fundamental scientific principles to a variety of practical forensic science situations, specifically within a legal framework
  • To give you the skills to identify and solve problems. You will be able to use quantitative techniques to analyse and interpret data in order to evaluate and present evidence.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical Offer: 112 Points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate

Subjects:

  • A-level: 32 Points from Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics/Physics (or related subject)
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 32 Points from A-level Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics/Physics (or related subject – as above)
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science
Appropriate qualifications such as an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree, with which you may be able to enter this degree in Year 2 or later.

For more information, contact  courseinfo@gre.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Applicants must have successfully completed 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). You will be required to attend an interview. 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

What people say

" I feel extremely lucky to have been able to study forensic science with the University of Greenwich; throughout my undergraduate degree all lecturers were extremely helpful and the course materials given to us were second to none. The modules enabled me to build a solid foundation of knowledge and the excursions available to me broadened my insights into working within the forensic science industry. "

Rachel Dulley, BSc Hons Forensic Science

" I am glad I went to the University of Greenwich as the degree is very thorough and covers lots of different aspects of biology chemistry and forensics. This gave me a broader range of knowledge to apply for a job. The different laboratories and equipment available are really good and enabled me to secure the job I have.

"I'm sure that my success is due to all the experience I gained at the university. What sets it apart is the level of pastoral care and support. The staff are amazing and they will help you in any way they can to ensure you do your best and achieve a good degree. "

Georgia Edmonds, BSc Hons Forensic Science

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Assignments
  • Laboratory skills
  • Presentations.

Professional recognition

This programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Careers

This degree will equip you with the broad scientific training and transferable skills that will give you the maximum opportunity for choice in your career. Graduates may pursue roles in forensic science and criminal justice, but also in management, communications and the wider pharmaceutical, chemical and biological sectors.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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