BSc (Hons) Forensic Criminology

Duration: Three years full-time or six years part-time

Requirements:

Applicants must have three A-levels at grades CCC or above including a science subject or Psychology, BTEC triple grades MMM or above, an Access diploma at 39-45 and GCSE English Language and Maths or Science at grade C or above.

This forensic criminology degree readies students to apply science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) to crime scene investigation. You’ll understand how forensic science is employed within the criminal justice system and learn how to control, preserve, record, and recover evidence from a crime scene or other incident. You’ll learn how to ask the questions relevant to investigating a crime, how to examine CCTV footage and photographs and how to produce and present evidence in court.

We merge the study of crime from a social perspective with the science of gathering and testing physical evidence from crime scenes; bringing you a blended criminology and forensic science degree.

Northumbria University’s forensic science courses have been officially accredited by the leading professional body for forensic practice.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences is the only international professional body for forensic scientists and works to drive forward global standards in scientific investigation.

Northumbria’s undergraduate and Master’s courses in Forensic Science and the undergraduate course Criminology & Forensic Science have met the criteria required for the three component standards of this accreditation which cover laboratory analysis; the interpretation, evaluation and presentation of evidence; and crime scene investigation.

Northumbria’s forensic science courses are taught by former practitioners who have worked on high-profile cases including the Stephen Lawrence, Joanna Yeates and PC Ian Broadhurst murders and the Ipswich serial killer case in which five women were murdered over a ten-day period in 2006.

Students learn in the University’s on-site crime scene house and court room which helps to prepare them in assessing crime scenes and giving evidence in court cases. They gain hands-on experience in all relevant forensic fields including body fluid and DNA analysis, trace analysis, blood pattern interpretation and analytical chemistry in drugs and toxicology.

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