Become a highly skilled and confident forensic scientist, fully prepared to investigate crime scenes, analyse evidence and present findings in court.
- Forensic Science at Derby is ranked in the Top 10 for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2019 and Top 10 for student experience according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
- You'll have the chance to hone your skills in our range of forensic facilities, including our Forensic Training Facility, specialist forensic laboratories, specialist imaging suite, insectary, forensic anthropology suite, photography suite, vehicles, clandestine burial site, courtroom, and ballistics laboratory
- Forensic Science at Derby is ranked third in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching, Guardian University Guide 2020
- Study a programme which sets high professional standards: this course is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
- Work alongside forensic scientists, fingerprint experts, police officers, lawyers and judges to gain real insights into all aspects of the profession
- Gain practical experience through placements and internships. Benefit from our partnership with East Midlands Scientific Operations Unit (EMSOU) by undertaking an optional placement year
- Choose optional modules in chemistry and become eligible for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- The content of this course is aligned to the priorities of global initiatives, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals where 'Peace and Justice' is highlighted as a priority
From crime scene to courtroom
Separate the facts from the fiction on this dynamic course. We will fuel your passion for a forensic science career in a way that TV shows like CSI cannot match.
Harnessing our exceptional facilities, you'll be guided through the full range of forensic practices and processes ' from crime scene analysis to presenting evidence in court. You'll investigate mock crime scenes including break-ins, assaults, vehicles and drug crime. This will help you prepare for the diverse scenarios that you are likely to encounter throughout your career.
Using the latest biological and analytical equipment, you'll have the opportunity to develop high-level skills in areas such as fingerprint, drug, DNA, bodily fluids and blood pattern analysis. You can also explore how entomology, anthropology and taphonomic processes can assist forensic investigations, and there is the opportunity to observe a post mortem.
Our course even includes practice in delivering evidence in court: you'll present your findings in our newly refurbished courtroom and will be cross-examined by barristers just as you would be in the world of work.
The high quality of this BSc (Hons) degree is reflected in its accreditations from professional bodies. We have full accreditation from The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, which means you can be confident our teaching meets exacting standards. Depending on the optional modules you choose, you could also be eligible for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).
Investigate our Forensic Training Facility
Forensic science is a hands-on discipline so we provide a stimulating learning environment for you to develop key practical skills and techniques.
Our custom-designed Forensic Training Facility, which opened in 2015, is used to create scenarios in different domestic and commercial settings, including a bedroom, bathroom, garage, office, store and pharmacy. It also features a blood pattern analysis room. The house is fitted with state-of-the-art digital surveillance including panoramic CCTV recording and equipment for two-way audio feedback.
You'll be able to work on crime scenarios independently while tutors monitor your progress in real time from a control room. The building was designed to such a precise specification that it is regularly used by external clients such as the emergency services for their own staff training. We also have two crime scene cars donated by Toyota Manufacturing UK.