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Forensic Science and Criminal Justice BSc (Hons) (Level 6) — Full-time

Course outline

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.

The course delivers modules in the methods of forensic analysis and the role of forensic science in modern society.

Currently subject to validation with a first intake planned for September 2023.

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.
This course is based at our new £58 million City Hub campus, next to Nottingham train station.
The campus boasts state-of-the-art science laboratories, including specialist forensic resources including a crime scene house with blood spatter room and fingerprint analysis equipment.

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

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: FOR3
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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 25th September 2023

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: FOR3


(Level 6) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice (subject to validation).


3 years

Level Level 6
Entry requirements

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 also have a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T levels

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.

Teaching & assessment

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.