Glyndwr University

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science (with Foundation Year)

Why choose this course?

This degree provides a detailed knowledge of numerous scientific disciplines and how they can be applied to investigate a wide range of crimes. It has been tailored to train students to become competent and skilled scientists, able to conduct the analysis of materials, interpret complex results, and present their evidence as expert witnesses.

From sharp force trauma to spectra, from bones to bugs... Wrexham Glyndŵr University will prepare you for an exciting career in science.

You will:

  • be trained in a wide variety of fields, including crime scene investigation, biology and chemistry
  • use our dedicated laboratories, crime scene house, and taphonomic facility (body farm) to test and hone your scientific skills
  • benefit from our long-term collaborations with partners including North Wales Police, companies specialising in areas such as search dog training and the analysis of human remains, as well as analytical companies that provide students with opportunities to perform frontier research and publish papers
  • take part in our annual real-time training exercise

Entry Requirements

Our general requirement for the foundation year is 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

IELTS:

6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

A scientific qualification with transferable skills (i.e. research, report writing, critical thinking, problem-solving communication, team working, numeracy and mathematical skills and decision making) can open-up career opportunities in many fields.

For example:

  • Scenes of Crimes Officer (SOCO)
  • Scientific Support
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Police force
  • Teaching
  • Public sector
  • Armed forces
  • Customs
  • Insurance

Course Details

The course covers the three key elements of forensic science, namely: the search and recovery of evidence; biological (including DNA), chemical and physical analysis; and the presentation of evidence in court. The course is highly practical so you'll be equipped with all the skills you need for career development.

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research.

Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject-specific and key skills. Independent learning is promoted through guided study or feedbacks given to students.

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

Plant and Animal Biology
Laboratory and Field Skills
Maths and Experimental Design
Introduction to Science
The Skills You Need
Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics
Introduction to Chemistry
Essential Skills for the Life Sciences
Maths and Statistics for Science
Forensic Evidence and Criminal Justice
Crime Scene Investigation

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Forensic Biology
Analytical Methods in Applied Science
Anatomy, Pathology and the Forensic Examination of Human Remains
Instrumental Analysis
Laboratory Instrumental Analysis
Research Methods: Theory and Practice

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

Forensic Taphonomy
Drugs and Toxicology
Science in Court
Forensic Investigation of Mass Fatalities
Research Project

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