Forensic science – familiar to most of us thanks to its appearances in popular TV police dramas – is the application of science to law. It’s carried out through the collection, preservation and analysis of evidence.
If you have an enquiring mind, are good at solving scientific problems and want to work with cutting-edge equipment and facilities, then you could be the right person to work at a crime scene or analyse the evidence recovered from that scene.
On this course, you’ll study forensic chemistry, biology, imaging and photography, the essentials of forensic investigations, and professional and quantitative scientific skills. Then you’ll take modules on bodies, tissues and fluids, materials ID, drugs of abuse, analytical forensic chemistry, forensic IT and issues in criminal justice.
The third year will cover forensic case studies and the presentation of evidence, then fire, arson and explosions, authenticity and fraud, DNA profiling, forensic chemical pathology, and project and professional skills.
- This course is professionally accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and developed in collaboration with Leicestershire Police, ensuring your learning remains relevant to current practice and standards.
- Develop your practical and professional skills in our crime scene house, crime studio, crown court and forensic science laboratory facilities.
- Our strong links with industry mean you’ll not only develop practical and professional skills but also be offered the opportunity to apply them to real-world scenarios by spending a year on placement.
- Our teaching is delivered by expert academics and practitioners, including Leisa Nichols-Drew, who represented the UK, DMU and Forensic Science on an international project aimed at improving detection and reducing occurrences of knife crime.
- Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme, which has enabled students on previous trips to unearth information on human rights abuses and genocide in Guatemala, attending the New York Supreme Court to learn about judicial processes, and support refugees in Berlin.
- Our graduates have gone on to work for world-leading employers including LGC Forensics, Cellmark Forensics, Eurofins Forensics, GlaxoSmithKline, Reckitt Benckiser and 3M.