This course covers crime scene analysis and the interpretation of evidence. Theory is matched by practical work and at each level, there is the opportunity to pursue your own investigations.
Why Forensic Science at LSBU?
- Great teaching: Staff members are experts in their respective fields - and rated by students as - No.1 university in London for Teaching in Forensic Science (National Students Survey 2016).
- Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
- No.2 London modern university for research quality in Forensic Science (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).
- Close professional links with police and fire services, who regularly provide guest lecturers.
- Our specialized facilities have an extensive range of analytical instrumentation dedicated to forensic science students.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Forensic science is the application of scientific techniques to crime investigation with the presentation of evidence in a court of law. This course covers:
- investigative science
- weapons technology
- DNA analysis
- scenes of crime investigation
- forensic indicators
- explosion and fire
The art of delivering and communicating your results as a forensic expert is developed by mock courtroom sessions during the course.
- Introduction to Forensic Science
- Scientific Skills
- Fundamentals of Measurement and Instrumentation
- Biology of the Cell
- Core and Materials Science
- Introduction to Law for Forensic Scientists
- Explosion, Fire, and Firearms
- Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists
- Marks and Traces
- Forensic Biology
- Research Methods
- Measurement and Instrumentation in Forensic Analysis
- Incident Investigation
- Biological Evidence
- Case Assessment and Interpretation
- Research project (with advanced topics in forensic science)
- Law of Evidence for Forensic Scientists
Forensic science is used to settle an increasing number of criminal cases – making sure law courts have accurate information to determine an outcome of guilty or not guilty. Forensic scientists mix biology, chemistry, and maths to obtain and analyze evidence from a variety of sources. These include blood and other body fluids, hair, textile fibers, glass fragments and vehicle tire marks.
Many independent forensic laboratories provide services to the criminal justice system. At LSBU, we offer a whole range of transferable skills to enable careers in forensics and other scientific disciplines.
Scientific journalism, the pharmaceutical industry, environmental monitoring, laboratory-based employment and accident investigation are all popular destinations for forensic science graduates.
What to expect from your career
There are three main areas of forensic science: chemistry, biology and drugs and toxicology. Most roles include an aspect of all three. You can expect many hours of work, demanding strong levels of concentration, attention to detail and a methodical approach.
Forensic scientists collect and record evidence from places of interest such as crime scenes, then analyze samples using various laboratory techniques. Some forensic scientists work in-house with the police force, however many are now employed by the private sector.
Some careers (such as scientific journalism) are unlikely to require further education, although employers will look for a relevant experience which can help you stand out from the crowd. Other career options, however, such as a toxicologist, will require further training.
After a few years' experiences, forensic scientists can be called to court as a reporting officer. This means you need to concisely and confidently explain to the court what you have found. Salaries after three years' experience are usually around £25,000-£30,000, with senior roles paying around £50,000.
Graduate success stories
Recent graduates from this course have gone into roles with employers such as the emergency services, government agencies, medical laboratories and pharmaceutical companies.
We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
At LSBU we offer our students the opportunity to gain practical experience of undertaking forensic investigations in our well-equipped laboratories. The facilities we have to offer include liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LCMS), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS), Fourier transform infrared microscope (FTIR), glass refractive index measuring system (GRIM-3), and DNA extraction and analysis facilities. Students also have access to scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).
Teaching and learning
As an undergraduate Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor twice a semester for 15 minutes to one hour throughout your course. Office drop-in times will be made available and you can contact your tutor for additional support by email.
- A Level CCD or
- BTEC National Diploma MMM or
- Access to Science with 39 Merits and 6 Passes or
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 96 UCAS points.
- Level 3 qualifications must include a Science subject.
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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