BSc (Hons) Forensic Science (Top-up)

Course details

UCAS Course code F410

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Forensic science is an intellectually stimulating study, full of challenges and trials to overcome. If you already have a HND or foundation degree in the subject, you'll already be aware of how fulfilling forensic studies can be. So why not top up to an honours degree and take your training even further? You'll be fully qualified to go into a rewarding career in forensics.

We cover the analytical knowledge and skills required by forensic scientists and crime scene investigators. You'll look at the importance of chemistry and DNA-based technologies to modern investigation, the legal framework behind such activities and the need for the proper collection, analysis, presentation and quality assurance of forensic evidence. We'll help improve your existing skills to the next level and get you ready to enter the professional world of forensic science!

Our expert staff will teach you a great range of modules covering every aspect of forensic investigation. Through a combination of lectures and practical work, you'll learn and put into practice the many techniques used in the field. The dissertation module will help you develop your own area of specialism, preparing you for entering the job market as an expert in your subject.

Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Investigative Science
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Interpretation and Evaluation of Evidence

Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)

  • Environmental Forensics
  • Toxicology
  • Wildlife Forensics
  • Business Skills

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

Successful completion of a related foundation degree (in Forensic Science or equivalent) or HND.

Applicants from courses based at institutions other than University of Cumbria will be assessed on their suitability depending upon the modules they have studied.

2018 entry

Successful completion of a related foundation degree (in Forensic Science or equivalent) or HND.

Applicants from courses based at institutions other than University of Cumbria will be assessed on their suitability depending upon the modules they have studied.

Selection criteria

HND or foundation degree in forensic science or equivalent in a relevant subject. Each subject will be considered on its merits by the course leader.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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Your knowledge in forensic science will leave you ideally qualified for work with the police, fire investigation, health and safety, insurance investigation and trading standards. The skills you learn will prove invaluable in a wide variety of scientific organisations, or for studying further at postgraduate level.

Our academic staff have extensive teaching, research and professional expertise, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to your studies. Our new high-quality teaching laboratory space is fitted with the latest technology and equipment to support your education. You'll make full use of the lab space available to broaden your skills set and ultimately enhance your employability.