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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 6th in the UK in the Complete University Guide Forensic Science Subject League Table 2024.

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

Courses in this subject

We have 7 courses in this area.

Foundation Year

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UCAS code:
1 years
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This is where I uncover mysteries

"Forensic and Medical Sciences is fascinating, challenging, and makes you think. My degree is about exploring evidence, developing from the crime scene and processing them."

Kinga, BSc (Hons) Forensic and Medical Sciences

This is where I expanded my horizons

"Studying at Bradford was important to me because the course I'm on, it's regarded as one of the best in the country."

Zeeshan, BSc (Hons) Forensic and Medical Sciences

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

The Simulation Suite is home to a 3D dissection table and human patient simulator. The Anatomage Table allows you to take apart the human body digitally.

Study abroad opportunities

During the summer of 2022, two students spent time at an intensive human osteology workshop in Transylvania (Romania).

Our students have commented on the benefits of learning the practical examples of their careers, such as excavating and washing bones whilst being in a new cultural environment. Whilst studying abroad, students also benefitted from financial support from the Turing Fund and alumni donations. 

Hollie Christelow commented that "the juvenile osteology programme led by Dr Bethard is incredibly insightful...the small laboratory group allows for daily hands-on experience with the skeletal remains..." 

Students were also able to split their time between practical experiences in Romania and studying in the USA within the same year. The Study Abroad programme provides students with the flexibility to choose from a broad range of practical experiences which ensures they are employable when they graduate.

A student writing in a notebook while sitting at a table that has human bones spread out on top of tablecloth

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