Undergraduate prospectus

Forensic Science with Criminology (Extended), BSc Hons

Examine crime from many perspectives with our extended forensic science with criminology degree. Entry points are lower than for our standard BSc and an extra year will boost your study skills.

Our extended degree in forensic science with criminology covers subjects such as biology and physiology, forensic geoscience, and chemistry for life science. You'll also study modules in criminology, including policing, violence in society and the psychology of terrorism. Hands-on study includes sessions held in the lab and at mock crime scenes.

The course begins with a foundation year to get you ready for degree-level learning. You'll then study the same modules offered on our three-year course.

In the Complete University Guide 2019, we're ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for forensic science. The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the professional body for forensic science worldwide.

UCAS points

64 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

F412 M BSc/FSWC

Location

Duration

4 years full-time

UK/international fees

What you should know about this course

  • This four-year course is identical to the three-year one, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this course is your first step to graduation
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.

Forensic Science: Sam's story


Let Sam tell you about their time studying a BSc in Forensic Science at the University.

What you will study

Loading...

Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

The course leader has a 20 year background as a crime scene examiner and fingerprint expert and she was in charge of the training for the metropolitan police's crime scene examiners at their Crime Academy, she currently sits on the Board of the Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences. Our current operational experts include experts in the field of anthropology, entomology, radiology, family liaison, facial recognition, disaster victim investigation and counter terrorism, they use their workplace knowledge to give students a real taste of what working in these disciplines is really like and the real-life examples bring their subjects alive. Last year we introduced training by qualified barristers to strengthen the final mock- court assessment for our final year students.

Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Science

Come and visit us

You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

Next Open Day coming soon

The best way to find out about student life at the University of Greenwich is to join one of our amazing Open Days. You get to look around the campus, view our student accommodation, and speak with staff and students to get your questions answered. Parents are very welcome too!

Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry!

We host events regularly, so there will be more opportunities to visit very soon.

Entry requirements

If you are

Typical Offer: 64 points

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

Subjects:

  • A-level: 64 points from related science subjects
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 16 points from a related science subject
  • 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

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

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses, such as the International Baccalaureate.

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

Our forensic science courses allow close student and staff interaction, we pride ourselves on this level of familiarity. Some of our more generic first year modules may have larger group sizes, for example up to 100 in lectures. However,  it is more usual for our subject-specific modules in that year to be much smaller, with 30-40 students per class. In the second and third years there may still be some larger groups but as students start to specialise this figure is typically reduced to 15-25 students per class.

Independent learning

University study requires students to work more independently than they may have been used to in school. Students in Engineering and Science are expected to develop their independence progressively throughout their degree. At foundation level and in year 1 of the degree, students are given more support by their Module leaders and personal tutors than in subsequent years. In years 2 and 3 students are expected to demonstrate increasing willingness and ability to work independently to build upon material delivered in lectures and laboratories. This means independent reading to broaden and deepen knowledge and time spent outside the classroom to prepare coursework. Ultimately, it is expected that the mark of a Greenwich graduate is the ability to think and work independently, analytically and creatively to solve problems.

Overall workload

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

  • Lectures (12-15 hours per week)
  • Seminars (2 hours per week)
  • Laboratory practicals (6 hours per week)
  • 1-1 tutorials (half an hour to an hour per week)

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

Academic year:

  • 24 September 2018 to 28 June 2019.

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

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.

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
View fees

* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

Fees information International fees

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.

Accommodation pages

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

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Students go to a range of companies and organisations of varying sizes for their placements, including large multi-national firms, government agencies, the NHS and small to medium sized companies engaged in research, analytical services and manufacturing (for Engineering include civil engineering and construction companies). 

  • Previous students have worked in: Eon, Dyson, ADEY, PS Analytical and E-liquids, GSK, NHS hospitals.
  • IAESTE (British Council) placements to Brazil, Dubai and Poland.
  • 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 can undertake a summer placement for between 6 weeks to a maximum of 3 months which can be related to a credit rated course at level 6, or can be undertaken for work experience, acknowledged by a Certificate of Industrial Experience. Students are also encouraged to apply for sandwich placements lasting between 9-12 months which sit between the second and third year of the degree.

What are the financial arrangements?

The Faculty expectation is that students are as far as possible treated like other employees of the company or organisation. It is expected that students on sandwich placements will be paid throughout their time with the company. In some cases, students on summer placements have had expenses only covered by the company. Students on sandwich placements are required to pay a reduced fee to the University for their placement year.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Potential career opportunities exist in forensic science and criminal justice, and more broadly in management, communications and the wider pharmaceutical, chemical and biological science 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 a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. 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 to develop their knowledge of job markets, production of effective CVs, cover letters and application forms, understanding HR selection processes, preparing final year students for graduate job applications and applying for placements. Visit our Employability & Careers Service pages.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

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. We also offer an additional course 'Learning Skills for Science' aimed at Foundation stage students. 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

Accommodation pages

Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our undergraduate prospectus or check our related courses below.

Criminology at the University of Greenwich

Covering everything from street crime to large-scale state crimes, a degree in criminology at the University of Greenwich deepens your knowledge while widening your perspective.

Criminology graduate. Researcher. Polymath.


Monika explores the workings of the criminal mind and puts her knowledge into practice at Crimestoppers.

Forensic science at the University of Greenwich

As a forensic science student, you’ll learn to gather and analyse scientific evidence to help solve crime, gaining a range of employer-friendly transferable skills along the way.

Forensics student. Investigator. Promoter.


Award winner Martin loves uncovering the truth and spreading his love of forensics to a wider world.

Science at the University of Greenwich

Whether you’re interested in molecules, human anatomy or forensic detail, our science degrees offer you the opportunity to acquire the skills you need in a supportive, employment-focused environment.

Science and Engineering Part-time Degrees


Develop your career prospects while you earn

UNISTATS

Unistats data is not available for the part time mode of this programme. This is usually due it to being a new programme for which there is not yet any data.