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. 

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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 student satisfaction with teaching - BSc (Hons) Forensic Science**Guardian University Guide 2020
100%overall student satisfaction with the course, and teaching**BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Psychology. National Student Survey 2019
96%of our students are satisfied with teaching on the course**BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology, National Student Survey 2019
2ndin the UK for teaching quality****The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, Forensic Science subject area
3rdin the UK for student experience****The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, Forensic Science subject area
11thfor graduate prospects***The Complete University Guide 2021, Forensic Science subject area
8thfor student satisfaction* ***The Complete University Guide 2021, Forensic Science subject area
3rdin the UK for student satisfaction with teaching**Guardian University Guide 2020
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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. 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."

Natalie Harrison, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduate

Facilities

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:

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

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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:

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Undergraduate Live Online Event

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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Fast track to Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Register with us today and fast forward to your future.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success. 

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