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Forensic Science with Criminology and Industrial Placement, BSc Hons

On this exciting four-year course, you’ll learn from experts in the Criminal Justice System and emergency services and get the chance to impress an employer during a placement year.

Explore the exciting disciplines of Forensic Science and Criminology in our new crime scene facilities. You'll have access to a purpose-built vehicle examination garage, modern lab spaces, specialised decomposition facilities and a mock mortuary. We'll guide you through practical crime scenes and mass disaster scenarios and let you try out your Disaster Victim Identification skills.

You'll be taught by industry experts with years of hands-on experience, including our Department of Law and Criminology at Greenwich Campus. You'll work alongside experts from Kent Fire Brigade, the Metropolitan and Kent Police, Counter Terrorism, and other organisations. During a placement year, you'll be able to put your skills into practice and showcase your skills to employers.

We're rated number 1 in London for student satisfaction, and the course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (for which you'll receive free membership throughout your studies). If you're excited by forensic investigations or you want to understand the cause of terrorism and cybercrime, this four-year course is the ideal start for your professional future.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

F4M0 M BSc/FSc

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Department

School of Science

Campus

Greenwich / Medway

Duration

4 years full-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • Use the placement year to get a head-start in your future career. Showcase your growing scientific skills to employers, as you work alongside industry professionals in the workplace.
  • We are ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK for forensic science in the Complete University Guide 2020.
  • We offer specialist forensic provision, outstanding laboratory and crime scene facilities.
  • Practical facilities allow you to practice scenarios you will find in the workplace, including crime scene examination rooms and vehicles and an entomology facility.
  • This course is taught at our Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime, Kent, with one day a week at our Greenwich Campus.

Forensic Science with Criminology and Industrial Placement, BSc Hons


Want to find out what studying Forensic Science at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Linda Brownlow.

What you will study

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About the course team

The course leader has 20 years' experience as a crime scene examiner and fingerprint expert. She has supervised training for crime scene examiners at the Metropolitan Police Crime Academy.

Our experts cover fields including family liaison, facial recognition, disaster victim investigation and counter terrorism, bringing real-life examples to give you a taste of working in these disciplines. Final-year students may receive training from qualified barristers for the mock-court assessment.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Typical Offer: 104 Points

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

Subjects:

  • A-level: 32 Points from related science subjects
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 32 Points from A-level Chemistry (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@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

While some first-year modules have larger groups (up to 100 in lectures), our subject-specific modules are much smaller, with 30-40 students per class. As students begin to specialise in the second and third year, this figure is typically 15-25 students per class.

Independent learning

At university, you must develop the ability to work more independently than you have done before. In the early stages of the degree, you will receive a higher level of support from module leaders and personal tutors. In years 2 and 3, you will need to demonstrate an increasing ability to build upon material delivered in lectures and laboratories through independent reading.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

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Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Safety equipment
Science students are provided with lab coat and safety glasses free of charge. You'll be expected to pay for prescription safety glasses (approx. £90+) if you choose to purchase them.

Field trips
The cost of field trips is activity dependant. Some are free, while others may require a contribution. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.

Professional memberships
The standard professional memberships attached to accredited courses are covered by your tuition fees. You are welcome to take up additional professional memberships at your own cost.

Resources
Course texts and other study resources are available from the Drill Hall Library. You may wish to purchase your own copies. You also receive an allowance for printing costs, which you can top up if required.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

We work with students to help them find placements in a range of companies and organisations of varying sizes, criminal justice and government agencies, large multi-national firms, the NHS and small to medium sized companies engaged in criminological and offender research, laboratory analytical services and forensic and digital forensic analysis.

  • Previous students have worked alongside crime scene examiners and laboratory scientists in the Metropolitan and Kent police services.
  • Internationally at the National institute for legal medicine and Forensic Science (Portugal), and in criminal justice, court and offender support roles.
  • We have a dedicated team to search for and inform students about relevant opportunities and help students prepare for interviews.

How long is my placement?

Students are encouraged to apply for placements lasting between 9-12 months which sit between the second and third year of the degree.

What are the financial arrangements?

We expect students to be treated like other employees of the company or organisation they join, wherever possible. It is expected that students on placements will be paid throughout their time with the company, although in some cases expenses alone are covered by the company. Students on annual placements are required to pay a reduced fee to the university for their placement year.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

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.

Are internships available?

Interns can gain valuable employment experience within the faculty – subject to resources. Personal tutors will be able to advise students on where to access course internships.

Do you provide employability services?

We have an Employer Partnerships Manager developing relationships with companies to provide placement and employment opportunities. Other members of the team focus on helping students produce effective CVs and cover letters, and preparing final-year students for graduate job applications and applying for placements.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We are ambitious for all our students and we want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access support to improve your study skills through your tutor, our subject librarians and our online academic skills centre.

We have a Learning Skills Coordinator and a writing Fellow, both of whom support students in improving their writing skills. Additional Maths support is also available through the Drill Hall library. All students are allocated a personal tutor throughout the duration of their studies. The academic support available will enhance student performance.

Support from the department

Students within the Faculty of Engineering and Science have a Retention and Success Officer (RSO) whose role is to provide an additional layer of support for student engagement, and provision for extenuating circumstances, withdrawals and interruptions, Faculty level resit and Personal Development Planning enquiries.

The university-wide STAART (AccessAbility Retention and Transition) course encourages and supports students with a disability, providing support for disabled students.

Accommodation information

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.