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Overview

The BSc Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation, which is professionally recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, will equip you with the forensic analytical skills to assess crime scenes, analyse biological and chemical evidence and develop complex problem solving skills.

Placement/Work-based learning

You may undertake a 12-week placement during Year 3 where you can apply the skills, techniques and knowledge gained so far.

There are various areas where good scientific skills are required including clinical laboratories; analytical laboratories; research laboratories; contract research organisations; distillers; and support companies.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Accelerated Entry 

Direct entry into year 2 and 3 is possible.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including Biology or Human Biology or 102 UCAS Tariff points 
  • A levels: CCD including Biology or Human Biology or 88 UCAS Tariff points
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Biology 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points including Biology and Human Biology 
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science BBB or Access to Medicine BBB

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBB including Biology / Human Biology and Chemistry 
  • A levels: BBB including Biology and Chemistry 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma:30 points (including Biology / Human Biology and Chemistry plus three other subjects at HL) 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Bioscience / Applied Science; Animal Care

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Science; Biotechnology; Biomedical Science; Environmental Science; Animal Care (for SQA awards, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Focusing on the theory and application of laboratory techniques used in bioscience and forensic science, you will have opportunities to practice scientific techniques, analysis and data presentation. Learning and assessment is varied and interactive including case studies and discussion groups.

Year 1

Studies include crime scene methodology, gathering evidence and a range of techniques such as fingerprinting and blood pattern analysis. All first-year students are given an introduction to the UWS Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle.

Year 2

Studies include how to identify, collect and analyse biological trace evidence from a crime scene. You will acquire expertise in the use and application of microscopy in a forensic investigation. Subjects including molecular genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology and microbiology will be introduced.

Year 3

You will study DNA and controlled substances and will apply your knowledge to investigate a crime scene scenario. You may have some choice in which bioscience to focus on e.g. microbiology, immunology or biochemistry. A valuable career enhancing 12-week work placement is possible in a research, hospital or company laboratory.

Year 4

You will study forensic specialist subjects taking you from the crime scene to the courtroom while gaining in-depth knowledge of your chosen biological subjects and their applications. A critical part of the Year 4 curriculum is a supervised project where you participate in research in a subject area of your choice.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. 

You will also have the opportunity to take part in group work and independent learning to develop your transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team. 

This degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Coursework 
  • Practical assessment

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Learn a Language (optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

Career prospects

Jobs

Graduates enjoy careers in healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and environmental management industries, where roles include microbiologists, molecular scientists and analytical chemists. Postgraduate opportunities in research, teaching or other full-time courses may be available.

Further Study

Some graduates choose further study including MSc Advanced Biomedical Science or MSc Biotechnology. Options to study biosciences at PhD level are also available.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,800 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses


The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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