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Learn how to ask the questions relevant to investigating a crime. Develop the scientific expertise that underpins criminal investigation, including retrieval of evidence, examination of evidence as a scientist, and delivery of opinion in court. Understand the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system.
Three A-levels at grades BBC and above to include a Science Subject, preferably Chemistry or Biology but other sciences are also considered
Or BTEC triple grades DMM or above in a science subject
Or Access 30-42 D/M with min 18D in a science or science related subject - this does not include Social Science or Psychology
And GCSE English Language, Maths and Science at grade 4 or grade C or above
UCAS points 112
UCAS code 616G
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Three years full-time or six years part-time
Our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree readies you to apply science to crime scene investigation. You'll understand the part forensic science plays in the criminal justice system and learn how to control, preserve, record, and recover evidence from a crime scene or other incidents.
You'll study crime, develop the skills required for crime scene investigation and the seizure of evidence, learn the forensic science techniques for testing physical evidence from crime scenes in the laboratory, write a witness statement for court and give evidence or oral testimony in a mock court setting.
You'll also examine crime in the context in which it happens in the local, national and international arenas. On campus you'll have access to realistic, simulated environments including a well-equipped forensic laboratory and a crime scene house, in which you'll get authentic experience of collecting and analysing evidence from simulated domestic crime scenes.
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science blends theory with practice in the forms of research and 'real life' case studies. It has been awarded Conditional Educational Accreditation (CEA) by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, which recognises both the quality and quantity of the forensic science content of the degree.
The large Criminology lab offers a wide range of scientific equipment and ample workstations.
Students are examining the anatomy in relation to bone structure or density. They are calculating height and weight and looking for peculiarities that translate in determinants of the suspect.
Other students are using a microscope. They are examining a cell for cell abnormality or gene structure as physical evidence that can be used to indicate or eliminate persons of interest in a case.
Learn the science of gathering and testing physical evidence in weekly lab classes
Taught by an expert team of experienced forensic scientists and working police officers
Small class sizes give you hands-on experience and on-to-one access to tutors
On campus facilities include forensic laboratories and simulated environments in Marjon's crime scene house
Collaboration or volunteering opportunities with our partner agencies including Devon and Cornwall Police, Derriford Hospital Emergency Department and Police Forensic Capability Network
Learn through mock court experiences
“ The degree builds from a basic understanding of crime scene investigation and laboratory skills to an application of sciences in forensic chemistry and forensic biology. It then leads to more complex understanding of crime scene management, forensic evidence analysis and forensic anthropology. Law and court room processes are included to enable the interpretation and understanding of the presentation of evidence in court. The third-year dissertation provides opportunity for a student to develop their own area of research interest.”
“We learn and practice different aspects of the job including crime scene photography. We also learn about the science behind the processes such as forensic biology and how to write forensic lab reports. I have the opportunity to do a research placement with the Pathology Dept at Derriford Hospital which will give me great experience.”
“This course is challenging and I enjoy the extensive amount of knowledge being shared by my lecturers. I’m furthering my knowledge and personally the course has focused me more.”
“This is a fascinating course which gives you insight into forensic practise and the law relating to forensics too. It has allowed me to discover my interests in forensics and has been an eye opener in terms of the career I want after this degree.”
What is forensic science?
Once collected, how is evidence analysed in the laboratory?
How do you give expert evidence in court?
What new research methods would improve the effectiveness of the forensic science sector?
What is evidence and how is it collected?
What skills do you need to gain employment in the forensics field?
You could follow a career pathway within areas such as forensic analytical laboratories or the criminal justice system. Alternatively, you could apply to graduate schemes with the police or civil service. Often to work within forensic science it is necessary to undertake further study to specialise in a specific forensic discipline.
This degree has been awarded Conditional Educational Accreditation (CEA) by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in December 2021. This demonstrates that the degree has been assessed but has not yet run for a full three years. CEA ensures quality from the start of the degree. It acknowledges both the quality and quantity of the forensic science content. This degree will be reviewed again within the next 24 months to pursue Educational Accreditation.
Includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, mock court experiences and practical laboratory experience in the forensic laboratories and the crime scene house.
You will be assessed via a variety of methods including witness statements, practical assessments, mock court room exercises, examinations, oral presentations, essays, portfolios and case reports.
Course leaderView full profile
Sarah previously worked for the Home Office, doing research into fingerprint enhancement techniques, and as a Forensic Scientist with the UK Forensic Science Service, running cases in the violent and sexually motivated crime teams. She taught Forensic Science at Universities in London and Australia before joining the team at Marjon. Sarah's teaching interests include forensic biology, blood pattern analysis, DNA profiling, fingerprints, forensic chemistry, research methods, mass disaster victim identification and forensic trace analysis.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
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Laboratory AssistantView profile
Laboratory SupervisorView profile
Currently serving police sergeant with over 26 years of experience. 9 years lecturing. Policing experience includes - response, neighbourhood, training and assessing officers, burglary squad, interview teams, custody, evidence review, licensing in both urban and rural police areas. Recently used forensic science in developing effective crime prevention within policing. Recipient of the Plymouth Police Commander's Mayflower Memorial Award in 2019. Recently received national recognition for work around the developing evaluation and investigative working practices around drink spiking offences in the UK
Lecturer in Forensic ScienceView profile
Emily is a certified Forensic Anthropologist (FA-III) with a range of forensic casework experience. Her teaching focuses on equipping students with the practical skills they need to work in the forensics sector. Her research interests include the use of orbital remote sensing platforms to locate human mass graves.
Laboratory ManagerView profile
Linda is a biochemist with over thirty years’ experience of in research and deployments of new technologies.
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