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This is Forensics

using science to solve crime

The University of Bradford has a proud history of teaching Forensic Science - we were the first university in the UK to offer it at degree level.

We continue to deliver high-quality programmes that are at the cutting-edge of the forensics sector. As a student you'll process and analyse physical evidence from crime scenes, and have the opportunity to take a placement sandwich year in industry. This is a year in a laboratory environment as a paid employee of an approved organisation, giving you the chance to gain real-world experience before you graduate.

You will develop into a professional with the scientific skills needed to work in areas such as crime scene investigation, forensic science and related laboratory areas.

Rankings and accreditation

The University of Bradford is ranked 5th in the UK in the Complete University Guide Forensic Science Subject League Table 2023.

Our Forensic Science course is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

We have 7 courses in this area.

Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: FB49
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: FBK9
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: F404
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: F405
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: F410
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: F411
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Study level: Undergraduate
UCAS code: Y006
Duration: 1 years
Attendance mode: Full-time

Where forensics can take you

Forensic Science students will acquire skills that will be useful in whatever profession they choose to follow. These include project and time management, critical review and analytical thinking, presentational skills, computer and other applied IT skills and the management of data. 

Forensics opens up a wide range of career opportunities in various areas, including:

  • the Health Service 
  • Forensic Science or Police scientific support laboratories 
  • the Health and Safety Executive 
  • the public analysts' laboratories 
  • chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, drink and electronics industries

Students will gain scientific skills, knowledge and methods that can also be a useful basis for a career in teaching, technical and scientific writing, or other information services.

A forensics student working in a lab.

Our facilities

Crime scene investigation and processing is taught through a series of simulated exercises based in our specially appointed Crime Scene Facility.

Forensic Laboratory science is taught from our specialist Forensic Examination Suite and the analytical facilities in the Centre for Chemical and Structural Analysis (including ESEM, FT-Raman, GC-MS).

Teaching on Forensic Taphonomy is based around lectures and practical classes in our specialist Forensic Taphonomy Laboratory (including autopsy tables, fume extraction and insect colony) and the Oxenhope Taphonomy Field Station.

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