Forensic science is the application of science in support of the legal process and this degree, which offers paid placement opportunities, will equip you with the knowledge and skills in biological and chemical sciences that are essential for your career.
SQA Highers: BBBC including Chemistry and 1 other science
GCE A-Levels: CCC including Chemistry, plus GCSE Biology
Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC2 including Chemistry and 1 other science
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points (including Chemistry, 1 other science plus 2 other subjects at HL)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science BBB or Access to Health and Biological Science: BBB
SQA Advanced Highers: BBB including Chemistry and either Human Biology or Biology
GCE A-Levels: BBB including Chemistry and either Human Biology or Biology
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including Biology or Human Biology and Chemistry at Higher and 3 other subjects at Higher)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Science
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Recent advances in analytical sciences and genetics have greatly increased the power of forensic science, ensuring the scientist is central to solving many criminal cases.
Our well-equipped laboratories enable hands-on experience in techniques including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and gel electrophoresis. The crime scene laboratory enables you to investigate typical crime scene scenarios in a realistic manner. Other teaching methods include site visits, workshops, role-play and presentations.
Studies include fingerprint development and reviews of relevant high-profile cases. Transferable skills are fully integrated into the programme.
Studies include classical and molecular genetics and analytical science. Science content is developed alongside programmes covering crime scene investigation and forensic probability.
modules are undertaken alongside extensive hands-on experience of instrumental
techniques used routinely in forensic science investigations.
undertake a year’s paid work experience between years 3 and 4 as part of the
Honours sandwich programme.
Specialist modules will deepen your understanding of analytical sciences, toxicology, criminalistics and physical evidence. An individual project in a related area is undertaken over two trimesters. The skills gained makes graduates attractive to the forensic science sector and also to many employers in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
The police and customs and excise are the obvious employers. However, work in environmental protection, accident investigation, drug research, the chemical industry and biomedical sciences is possible. Graduates also continue studies in forensic science on taught MSc programmes and in postgraduate research.
For students interested in gaining practical experience, the optional sandwich degree award offers the benefit of a paid industry placement.
You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.
Forensic Science graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of
the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC). Successful application is dependent on
undergraduate module and project selection.