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Forensic Science Courses


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

Forensic Science plays a crucial role in criminal justice, separating the facts from the fiction.

Whether you’re fascinated by crime scene investigation or want to unravel the makeup of a criminal mind, we have the course for you. You’ll work alongside forensic scientists, fingerprint experts, police officers, lawyers and judges to gain a real insight into this exciting profession. To identify evidence, forensic scientists preserve the physical and chemical traces of a crime, taking great care to avoid contamination. You’ll be guided through this intricate process in our state-of-the-art Crime Scene House which has been specially designed to provide seven replica domestic and commercial crime scenes, including a blood spatter room and panoramic CCTV system to support your skills training.

"I had such a fantastic time at Derby"

Natalie Harrison, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduate from the University of Derby

"I had such a fantastic time at Derby - the facilities are very good and the lecturers have such a passion for what they are teaching which encourages students to learn. Within a week of finishing my last exam I interviewed for a Toxicology Analyst position at Orchid Cellmark - the job was offered to me on the same day which was great. My plan is to work for a year or two and get as much experience in a laboratory as possible, then I hope to come back to Derby to study MRes Forensic Science and continue with my dissertation research."

Expert Teaching Team

You’ll be taught by active researchers who are incredibly passionate about their subjects and have many years of commercial forensic experience. Guest speakers, such as criminal justice professionals, judges and lawyers, will also share their remarkable experiences with you.

Accreditations and Endorsements

Our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology are accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences ‌and endorsed by Skillsmark.

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences        BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology endorsed by Skillsmark

What our Forensic Science graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • Forensic Technician
  • Toxicology Analyst
  • CSI
  • Police Officer
  • Microbiologist
  • DNA Analyst
  • Investigative Researcher