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Use scientific expertise to investigate crime.
Three A-levels at grades BBC and above to include a Science Subject, preferably Chemistry or Biology. Other sciences are 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
Duration Three years full-time or six years part-timeHow to apply for this course
Our BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation 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.
BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation blends theory with practice in the forms of research and 'real life' case studies.
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.
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.
“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?
Career options include working as a crime scene investigator with police forces, or as a forensic examiner in forensic laboratories, police laboratories, hospital laboratories or government testing departments.
In addition graduates will be equipped for roles in scientific research including university research departments and other public sector services. They may also work for private companies that deal with specialised areas, such as fire investigation and forensic defence work.
“ 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. ”
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Students are required to self-fund the following:
On and off-site forensic experiences are provided at no extra cost.
Includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, mock court experiences and practical laboratory experience in the forensic laboratories and the crime scene house.
A range of assesements are used including practical laboratory and crime scene house assessments, written reports and court based oral testimony.
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.View full profile
Associate LecturerView profile
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.