This exciting new Level 6 Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree introduces the world of the forensic scientist and crime scene investigator as well as the practical science skills required to become a practicing forensic analyst.
These include forensic biology and analytical chemistry together with an introduction to the criminal justice system within which many forensic scientists work.
New science facilities now open
This course is based at our new £58 million City Hub campus, next to Nottingham train station which boasts:
- A brand new £1.2m science and innovation centre which opened in September 2022, offering purpose-built higher level technical facilities for students studying in the fields of biology, chemistry, forensics, pharmaceuticals and dental technologies.
- For Forensic Science students, bespoke ‘crime scene houses’, a blood spatter room and state-of-the-art finger print analysis equipment.
- A suite of brand new industrial grade machinery and equipment, including a bench-top NMR scanner, a high performance liquid chromatogram, UV, IR and Mass spectrometers
The course delivers modules in the methods of forensic analysis and the role of forensic science in modern society.
You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of forensic science theories and practice to be able to apply them in a variety of situations and contexts.
Year 1 (Level 4) indicative modules:
- Introduction to Forensic Biology
- Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
- Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation and Photography
- Professional, Research, and Quantitative Skills
- The Legal System, Criminal Justice, and the Expert Witness
Year 2 (Level 5) indicative modules:
- Advanced Forensic Biology
- Analytical Forensic Chemistry
- Advanced Crime Scene Investigation and Management
- Forensic Analysis of Evidence
- Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
- Fire and Explosions
Year 3 (Level 6) indicative modules:
- Independent Research Project
- Anthropology, Archaeology, and Post-Mortem Processes
- Toxicology and Drugs of Abuse
- Interpretation, Evaluation, and Presentation of Evidence
- Contemporary Issues in Forensic Science
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111 Canal Street
Start: Monday 23rd September 2024
Fees / reductions:
The tuition fee is per year.
Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.
Tuition fee: £8,250
Course code: C043307 / Q043309
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Science validated by The Open University.
Applicants should possess (or expect to achieve) a full Level 3 science qualification or two A level science passes – preferably Biology and Chemistry. GCSE English Language and Maths passes at Grades 9 to 4 (previously A* to C) are required. As an equivalent, we expect applicants to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and Maths/numeracy.
Applicants must have a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:
Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.
Mature applicants not meeting the standard entry criteria but with relevant industry or life experience are very welcome to apply.
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Units are assessed via a range of internally set and assessed assignments including: reports, case studies, oral presentations, practical assessments, crime scene assessments, mock court assessments, individual project work, data analysis, research, investigation, problem-solving tasks and portfolios of evidence.
This is a versatile degree providing an excellent basis for future careers.
Graduates will be well-placed for employment in a wide variety of fields, such as governmental agencies, forensic investigation, policing, quality assurance in food and pharmaceutical manufacturing, laboratory analysis, chemical and biological research and teaching.
Specific roles include: forensic scientist, ballistic expert, DNA analyst, toxicologist, biomedical scientist or analytical chemist.
You can view the Open University Students Guide 2022 here.
In addition, you can view the OU Validated Award Regulations here.
Biology Lecturer Nicola tells us all about our specialist Microbiology Lab
Our City Hub campus is home to over £1.2m of specialist science facilities. We hear from Biology Lecturer Nicola who tells us all about how our industry standard facilities, like our microbiology lab, as well as our experienced teaching and technician teams mean we are able to offer specialist courses.