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Forensic Science BSc (Hons)

Do you have an enquiring mind? Are you good at solving scientific problems? Think you could be good at working at a crime-scene or analysing the evidence recovered from a scene?


Sought after by employers and developed in collaboration with Leicestershire Police, the Forensic Science degree looks at the methods used to gather, examine, analyse and report information about past events - which would then be presented as evidence in court.

Reasons to study Forensic Science at DMU:

  • 92% graduate employability
    students in work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2014/15)

  • Our graduates have gone on to work for world-leading forensic science employers 
    including LGC Forensics, Orchid Cellmark, GSK, Reckitt Benckiser and 3M

  • Professionally accredited by CSFS 
    one of only a few courses accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

  • 97% student satisfaction
    for teaching on the course (National Student Survey 2015)

  • Strong industry links 
    Developed in collaboration with Leicestershire Police

  • State-of-the-art laboratories 
    after a faculty investment of £12 million in equipment and facilities

"DMU hasn’t just met my expectations; it’s exceeded them by miles!"
Kerry Pritchett. Forensic Science and Psychology student


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: F410

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich (optional)

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: F410

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich (optional) 

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £12,250 

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English 

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 112 points from at least two A levels with a science subject at grade C or above


  • BTEC National Diploma Science BTEC - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Science BTEC - Distinction/Merit/Merit

Access course (started before September 2014)

Pass in Access to Science. English and Maths GCSE equivalency of 12 level two credits in each subject required.

Access to HE Diploma (started from September 2014)

Pass a Science Access qualification, e.g. AHE (Science) or AHE (Health Professions) with GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

Interview : No

Work experience : No

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First Year

  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Imaging and Photography
  • Essentials of Forensic Investigations
  • Professional and Quantitative Scientific Skills 

Second Year

  • Bodies, Tissues and Fluids
  • Materials ID
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Analytical Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic IT
  • Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Analystical Forensic Chemistry


Third Year

  • Forensic Case Studies and the Presentation of Evidence
  • Fire, Arson and Explosions
  • Authenticity and Fraud
  • DNA Profiling
  • Forensic Chemical Pathology
  • Project and Professional Skills

You will be taught by a team of academics with a wide range of experience in both academic and industrial settings. Research specialisms include botanical evidence and forensic DNA, fingerprint recovery and analysis and forensic applications of NMR.

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, you will normally benefit from 22 contact hours timetabled teaching sessions each week, consisting of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and workshops. You will also be expected to devote a considerable amount of time to independent study, typically 18 – 20 hours per week.

Practical work forms a large part of teaching and includes exercises at our mock crime house facility. You will also learn from visiting lecturers involved in forensic science. Assessments include coursework, practical reports, written and practical exams, phase tests and presentations.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on any optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 22 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 3 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: approx. 10 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 9 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

 Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

Forensic Placement


Our strong links with industry and dedicated work-based learning unit allow you to undertake a sandwich year, after successful completion of year two, to experience working in a scientific environment. These placement opportunities can be anywhere in the country.

Students have been placed in internationally recognised companies such as Pfizer.

Forensic Graduate

Graduate Careers

The variety and depth of this course equips graduates to work in many fields, including:

  • Forensic science
  • Crime-scene/scientific support work
  • Analytical chemistry
  • General scientific analysis
  • Health and safety
  • The insurance industry
  • Law enforcement


International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.


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