Forensic and Medical Sciences (with placement year)
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
The focus of the bioscience-based Forensic and Medical Sciences (FMS) course is on developing core skills in the biological sciences, and their application in medical sciences and forensic casework.
The emphasis is in the biosciences then shifts towards disease processes, and limitations of forensic investigation of a wide range of physical evidence types.
The final year develops your professional skills through a forensic research dissertation.
In addition to the pursuit of core sciences, forensic investigation in the areas of anthropology and topics relating to archaeology and the degradation of human remains and physical materials are studied which will develop your skills in forensic interpretation.
The University of Bradford is ranked 4th in the UK for Forensic Science in the Complete University Guide 2017.
Students can apply for student membership with the Forensic Science Society (which received Royal Charter status in 2014).
All components of the courses integrate practical training alongside the theoretical studies.
An integrated practical forensic research project is taken in the third year.
You can also spend a year in a laboratory environment as a paid employee of an approved organisation. This experience allows you to apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems, learn about work practices, and improve your career prospects.
- Ranked 4th in the country for Forensic Science in the Complete University Guide 2017
- Ranked 18th in the UK for Chemistry in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points
New UCAS tariff
We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.
The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.
All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.
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To include A-level Chemistry or Biology minimum grade B.
Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DMM. Science subject required – must include a minimum of three Chemistry or Biology-related units.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma – Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry or Biology at minimum Distinction.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
|Cell and Tissue Biology||core|
|Human Genetics and Developmental Biology||core|
|Principles of Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation||core|
|Scientific Practice 1||core|
|Scientific Practice 2||core|
|Forensic Examination and Analysis of Physical Evidence||core|
|English Legal Systems 1||option|
|English Legal Systems 1 & 2||option|
|Haematology and Transfusion Science||option|
|Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Systems 1||option|
|Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Systems 2||option|
|Personal, Professional and Expert Witness Skills||option|
|Industrial Placement (Diploma Industrial Studies)||core|
|Interpretation & Presentation of Forensic Evidence||core|
|Biology of Disease||option|
|Biometrics and Human Identification||option|
|Introduction to Forensic Archaeology for Forensic Scientists||option|
|Introduction to Forensic Taphonomy||option|
|Introduction to the Chemistry of Human Remains||option|
|Research Topics 1 in Medical Cell Pathology||option|
|Research Topics in Medical Biochemistry 1||option|
|Research Topics in Medical Microbiology 1||option|
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
85% of our 2015 graduates in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
There are wide-ranging career opportunities, including the health service, the forensic science or police scientific support laboratories, the Health and Safety Executive, and the public analysts’ laboratories, as well as opportunities in the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, drink and electronics industries. The scientific skills, knowledge and methods you will acquire during the course can also be a useful basis for a career in teaching; technical and scientific writing; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; and medical publishing or other information services.
The average starting salary for our 2015 Chemistry and Forensic Science graduates was £21,419.
We have excellent teaching and research facilities for forensics at Bradford including a Forensic Examination Suite, Forensic Taphonomy Laboratory and Field Station and our own dedicated Crime Scene facility.
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Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
- International: £16,970
- International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700
* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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