Forensic Science Undergraduate Courses

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 right Forensic Science 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.

Our Forensic Science programmes are highly ranked and will equip you with the skills and confidence to become a forensic scientist fully prepared to investigate crime scenes, analyse evidence and present findings in court. 

  • Gain hands-on experience: A variety of learning experiences to engage you, from crime scene training, lecturers and practical sessions, to fieldtrips.
  • Stand-out in the graduate market: Giving you the opportunity to enhance practical skills by putting theory into practice and network in the industry, the 'Industrial Placement Year' is an optional pathway which can take you in a forensic imaging unit, footwear unit or forensic analytical service laboratories with our partner East Midlands Scientific Operations Unit (EMSOU)
  • Outstanding specialist facilities: Enhance your skills in the Crime Scene House which boasts seven unique crime scene environments, as well as in the forensic science suite which includes a Forensic Teaching Facility Laboratory, Specialist Light Room and Analytical Suite
  • Strong employer links: Benefit from our partnerships with institutions such as Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and the East Midlands Scientific Operations Unit (EMSOU) and enhance your learning while taking part in interactive sessions designed to make your learning experience as realistic as possible
  • Professional recognition: The degree quality is reflected in its accreditation from professional bodies, our BSc (Hons) degree having full accreditation from The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
The logo for The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

I have had the opportunity to go out to crime scenes every day with different levels of CSI. Some days are volume scenes, such as burglaries and break-ins. Other days have been murder scenes wearing full personal protective equipment.

Rebekah Muldowney
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduate
3rdin the UK for careers after 15 months of graduating**Forensic Science subject area - The Guardian University Guide 2022
4thin the UK for student satisfaction with teaching**Forensic Science subject area - The Guardian University Guide 2022
5thfor graduate prospects**The Complete University Guide 2022, Forensic Science subject area
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"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."

Natalie Harrison, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduate


Our Crime Scene House boasts seven unique crime scene environments, each of which have been carefully designed to provide realistic learning spaces for you to investigate evidence and criminal activity. The scenes include:

  • Garage/basement
  • Bedsit
  • Lounge
  • Bathroom
  • Two commercial premises which can be used for a range of scenarios including an office, convenience store and bank

Having access to varying scenes will prepare you for the incredibly diverse crime scenes that will emerge throughout your career.

Forensic science students studying fingerprints

Forensic Training Facility

This custom built facility offers seven replica domestic and commercial crime scenes, a blood spatter room and fully panoramic CCTV and audio for live feedback.

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What our Forensic Science graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • forensic technician
  • toxicology analyst
  • CSI
  • police officer
  • microbiologist
  • DNA Analyst
  • investigative researcher
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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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