Criminal prosecutions depend on evidence which has been safely and intelligently collected, stored and analysed by forensic scientists. Join our Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences course and take part in hands-on investigations in our simulated crime scene. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills to follow a career in forensic science. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.
For more information about Sandwich Placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.
This course will teach you to analyse and investigate a range of evidence at crime scenes and in the forensic laboratory. You’ll learn to identify the main types of forensic evidence for crimes such as sexual offences, drugs, poisons, arson and mass disaster.
Our teaching staff are practising forensic professionals, and under their guidance you’ll develop your skills in our simulated crime scene and labs. You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of module topics, giving you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have an understanding of the UK legal system and your role in it as a forensic scientist. You’ll be able to present your observations and conclusions as evidence in a court of law. You’ll also have learned how to conduct thorough, independent research, and feel confident about presenting comprehensive reports, both orally and in writing.
If you choose to join us at the FORensic RESearch and Teaching (FORREST) conference,* which we attend regularly, you’ll have the opportunity to network and learn from Forensic practitioners, lawyers and law enforcement from across the UK (*this will be at an additional cost).
Our newly refurbished laboratories feature a range of equipment, including Raman Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) Microspectrophotometry (MSP), various microscopes, a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), comparison microscope and various Gas Chromatography (GC) and Liquid-Chromatography (LC) instruments with different detection systems.
Our course is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences so when you graduate, employers will recognise you as a qualified forensic scientist.
This course has set me up for a great future ahead - it covers a broad spectrum of forensic science subjects and has opened my eyes further to the industry
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When you graduate from our course you’ll have a big role to play in ensuring justice for victims as well as a safer society for us all.
Our course focuses on developing your practical skills, which will make you attractive to potential employers. We’ll encourage you to find work placements with local law enforcement organisations during your summer breaks.
By choosing certain modules you can also become an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).
While our course will prepare you for a career as a forensic scientist, you’ll also develop the skills to follow other careers in areas like teaching, research, insurance and the law.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Forensic Science.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. This course has a hands-on approach, so a lot of your assessment will be through practical work. You’ll also do exams, essays, portfolios, role plays and presentations.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
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This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement between years 2 and 3. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement, using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at FST-Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
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