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.
Students can apply for student membership with the Forensic Science Society (which received Royal Charter status in 2014).
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.
International Baccalaureate Requirements
112 UCAS tariff points to include HL Chemistry or Biology at grade 6 plus 2 other HL subjects at grade 5. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B.
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 »
CIFS entry requirement
If you are an International student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies (CIFS)
80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus Maths and a Science qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade C.
UKVI approved IELTS of 5.0 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0.
CIFS modules to be taken
Students study the four core modules plus ONE from the following modules:
- Foundation in Human Biology
- Foundation in Chemistry
And ONE additional module from the following:
- Foundation in Human Biology
- Foundation in Chemistry
- Introduction to the Social Sciences
- Global Business Environment
- Foundation Mathematics 2
Progression requirements for degree programme
An overall average of at least 50% and at least 55% in Foundation in Chemistry OR Foundation in Human Biology
What you will study
This programme has been designed to deliver education and training in the essential core biomedical, chemical and forensic sciences to help you to become a skilled forensic practitioner. The programme integrates forensic investigation within each year of the course, and delivers a wide range of transferable skills, many of which are embedded within the scientific programme, as well as being acquired through modules in professional development.
It will provide you with opportunities to focus on topics of particular interest in your final year of study. Degrees based on the biosciences prepare graduates for a wide range of careers including those in the professional medical and forensic sectors because of their broad basis and application.
Statistics and Databases for Forensic Scientists
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.
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.
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.
93% of our 2016 graduates in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.