Forensic Science

Forensic science plays a crucial role in identifying evidence to prove a crime has been committed, as well as how it was committed. To do this, forensic scientists collect, analyse, and preserve the physical/chemical traces of a crime, taking great care to avoid contamination. Forensic Science at Derby will fuel your passion to be a part of this fascinating industry by exploring its many dimensions.

Why study Forensic Science at Derby?

  • We offer three unique forensic science courses: BSc (Hons)Forensic Science, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and Criminology, and BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Psychology
  • Gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art facilities, including our new £410,000 Crime Scene House and two crime scene cars
  • Discover real world environments by working alongside practising lawyers, judges, police officers, and fingerprint experts
  • Learn forensic practices that will enhance your employability, such as crime scene investigation, fingerprint analysis, human tissue analysis, and blood pattern analysis in our hi-tech laboratories
  • Undertake a work placement in industry to help you prepare for your future career. Our graduates have secured careers as analytical chemists, forensic technicians, laboratory technicians, and PCR analysts.

Discover Derby: an exciting city, an exciting future

The city itself makes up a large part of your university experience. Derby boasts:

  • a thriving nightlife and social scene, including numerous nightclubs, restaurants, and bars
  • continued investment in entertainment and sporting sites, like the multi-purpose QUAD and Derby Arena facilities
  • the fastest growing economy in the UK.

Join us at an Open Day

Choosing the right university is a big decision, so we’d love to help by showing you what we have to offer. You can find out more about Forensic Science at Derby from our friendly staff, and our current students will be on hand to give you an insight into life at the University. You can also tour the campus and halls of residence to discover if we’re the university for you.


Natalie Harrison, graduate

"Within a week of finishing my last exam I received an invitation for an interview for a Toxicology Analyst position at Orchid Cellmark. The job was offered to me the same day. The modules on my course allow for students to learn a wide variety of topics within forensic science. This experience, of so many different techniques and applications of theoretical knowledge, impressed my employers at Orchid Cellmark and helped me stand out from other candidates." Read more about Natalie’s story.

Proven quality

Both our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology courses are fully accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science.