Forensic Science courses in the UK
Introduction to Forensic Science
Forensic science is the study of gathering evidence from past events, usually as part of a criminal investigation or court proceedings. The most publicised part of this is crime scene investigation, but forensics can cover a very wide range of subjects, including anthropology, computer science and anatomy. The popularity of the subject, both in study and professional use, saw a boom in the 1970s, and remains a key part of the justice system today.
Forensic science degrees are often wide-ranging, to reflect the diversity of the discipline. Although it is available as an undergraduate degree at many British universities, it is more common as a postgraduate course, generally taken after a degree in chemistry or biology. Forensic scientists develop skills of observation and analytical thinking, as well as patience and the ability to work independently or in a group as needed.
Careers in Forensic Science
- Forensic scientist
- Analytical chemist
- Laboratory technician
- Police officer
What are the entry requirements for Forensic Science?
Science subjects, especially chemistry and biology, are essential for forensic science. The subject requires a lot of analytical thinking, so maths is often advised as well. Many courses are postgraduate only, and require bachelor degrees in science subjects like chemistry, biology and human biology.
For international students wishing to study Forensic Science at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 6.0 score generally required at most universities.
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Where can I study Forensic Science in the UK?
To learn more about some of the best Forensic Science universities in the UK, please find details on the top ten ranking Forensic Science universities:
- University College London
- The University of Reading
- The University of Birmingham
- The University of Leicester
- The University of Glasgow
- The University of Exeter
- Cardiff University
- The University of Kent
- The University of Bradford
- Queen’s University Belfast
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