Forensic Science BSc (Hons) Modules

First year 

  • Forensic Chemistry – is designed to provides a thorough introduction to the core aspects of theoretical and practical forensic chemistry and serves as an excellent foundation to the more in-depth modules in years 2 and 3
  • Forensic Biology - as with the Forensic Chemistry module, is designed to provide a thorough introduction and foundation to all aspects of forensic biology
  • Forensic Imaging and Photography – covers the vital subject of recording the crime scene and its evidential materials and introduces not only photographic techniques but also more advanced processes increasingly used within forensic science
  • Essentials of Forensic Investigations - provides an overview of the breadth and scope of forensic science, putting everything in its proper context and providing a vital introduction to modules in years 2 and 3
  • Professional and Quantitative Scientific Skills - develops your understanding of important themes including data analysis, IT skills, mathematics and statistics which form are vital tools in the forensic scientist’s armoury


Second year 

  • Bodies, Tissues and Fluids - further develops the key principles and ideas of molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry
  • Materials ID – takes a practical approach to the analysis and evaluation of trace materials such as Gunshot residue, Glass, Fibres, Paint and Soil which continue to play an important role in modern forensic science 
  • Drugs of Abuse - this wide-ranging module looks at the chemistry and biology of substance abuse and misuse and covers drug characterisation and identification and the biological basis of addiction and drug action
  • Analytical Forensic Chemistry - covers techniques used in forensic analytical chemistry and their applications
  • Forensic IT - covers aspects of forensic IT and its use in tackling digital evidence and digital crime
  • Issues in Criminal Justice – the judicial system defines the broader context of forensic science and as such an understanding of the criminal justice system is crucial for any forensic scientist


Third year

  • Forensic Case Studies and the Presentation of Evidence – considers a number of cases demonstrating how forensic science should, and should not, be used in tackling crime. In addition, you will produce an expert witness report and undergo a mock cross examination in our courtroom
  • Fire, Arson and Explosions - examines the specialist aspects of crime scene processing associated with fire and explosions, as well as considering the physical chemistry of combustion and explosions
  • Authenticity and Fraud - based on a case study oriented approach this module looks at broader issues within forensic science and helps you to further develop your problem solving and analytical skills
  • DNA Profiling - covers all aspects of DNA profiling, including the culmination of molecular biology and the genetics themes of forensic biology
  • Forensic Chemical Pathology - examines toxicology, poisonings and overdoses and examines the physiology, biochemistry and pathology of drugs, venoms and poisons
  • Project and Professional Skills - you will have the opportunity to lead and direct a piece of independent research in an area of forensic science, under the guidance of a member of academic staff