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.
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.
Please note that for 2019 entry, the module information is subject to change.
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.
Fees, finance and scholarships
Tuition fee 2019
Home: £9,250 (sandwich year: £925)
International: £17,800 (sandwich year: £1,780)
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.
92% of our 2017 graduates in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
The average starting salary for our 2017 Chemistry and Forensic Sciences graduates was £20,242.*
*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.