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"
"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."
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:
- 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.
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
All of our Forensic Science courses including Foundation Years are accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Our Forensic Science courses offer an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year studies.
- Forensic Science at Derby is ranked number one for student experience according to the Times and Sunday Times League Table, 2017
- 93% of our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course (National Student Survey, 2017)
- 100% of our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing the course (HESA, 2016)
- You will have the opportunity to undertake a year-long placement in a forensic imaging unit, footwear unit or forensic analytical service laboratories with our partner East Midlands Scientific Operations Unit (EMSOU)
What our Forensic Science graduates do
Career opportunities open to graduates include:
- forensic technician
- toxicology analyst
- police officer
- DNA Analyst
- investigative researcher