BSc (Hons) Forensic and Investigative Science

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Course code 8T55

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2017, 2018
Entry Requirements

See yourself as a professional forensic scientist, confidently applying your scientific expertise to criminal investigations from the crime scene to the courtroom?

Our course will enable you to do just that. It has been designed by industry professionals so you learn all you need to know to apply chemistry, biology and physics to work at crime scenes, laboratories and in courtrooms.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge highly-valued amongst employers, including the ability to confidently investigate crime scenes, conduct independent laboratory analysis, process and analyse evidence and prepare statements for court proceedings.

Our practical-focussed course means you won’t just learn the theory, you’ll be doing it in hands-on sessions – including investigating complex crime scenes at our mock crime house and through realistic major incidents.

You’ll be within 20 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. Add to that close to the spectacular North West coastline and you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

  • You’ll use the same facilities operated by professionals in the field - including, DNA technology, and the very latest analytical equipment such as Gas Chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Raman Spectroscopy.
  • Work in state-of-the-art specialist laboratories to develop crucial skills for your future as a scientist
  • Small class sizes will see you get personal guidance and tutor support
  • Taught by academic tutors with professional backgrounds in forensics, policing and the criminal justice system
  • Our tutors conduct and are involved in national research projects
  • Current forensic practice and our research will inform your learning
  • Our links with Cumbria Constabulary and other Criminal Justice organisations means you have the opportunity to work alongside them
  • Flexible modules so you carve the course to suit your future career path
  • You may be eligible for Associate Membership of the Forensic Science Society when you graduate and student membership whilst studying
  • Learn more specialised areas of wildlife and environmental crime

You’ll work alongside professionals, mirror processes and procedures through mock crime scenes.

That’s because our main aim is to prepare you for a future in crime scene investigation or forensic analysis by providing you with the scientific know-how that’ll boost your job prospects.

But, because you can develop key transferable skills too, such as problem-solving and critical analysis, our course will set you up for careers in other sectors too, including in the NHS and teaching.

Guaranteed accommodation

Apply to any Undergraduate course before 30 September 2017 and we can offer you a guaranteed place in University of Cumbria owned or partnered accommodation.

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Course study options

We also offer this course with an integrated foundation year-click the button for more information

Integrated Foundation Year