BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

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Introduction to our Forensic Science degree

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Studying Forensic Science at ARU

A Forensic Science degree at ARU will teach you the principles of forensic science, from crime scene to court room. With a focus on chemical and biological analysis, you’ll find out what that evidence means. We look at ways to ‘read’ data, interpret the results and present your evidence in court.

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Why should I join a degree in Forensic Science?

Based in our £45m Science Centre in Cambridge, you’ll analyse and investigate a range of evidence in crime scene rooms and the forensic lab.

You’ll get hands-on with specialist analytical equipment, under the guidance of expert tutors. And you’ll learn outside the classroom too, with visits to law courts and a local mortuary, and opportunities to work with local police forces and forensic labs.

Join a course that's been ranked 3rd in the country for Learning Opportunities (Source: subject ranking for Forensic and Archaeological Sciences, National Student Survey 2022).

Graduate with advanced skills in chemistry, biology and laboratory analysis – ready to start a career as a forensic scientist.

Get a sneak preview of our Forensic Science degree: try your hand at online quizzes, solve a crime, hear about our latest research and tackle a chemistry word search.

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Specialist labs

At ARU you’ll be based in our Science Centre in Cambridge, which features:

  • authentic crime scene rooms
  • specialist equipment such as gas chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography (LC) instruments with different detection systems
  • biological analysis instruments including a Nanodrop 1000 spectrophotometer, Qubit fluorometer and a Lightcycler 96 real-time PCR system
  • comparison, polarizing light and confocal microscopes
  • the opportunity to get hands-on experience of analytical techniques including Raman spectroscopy, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy, and microspectrophotometry.

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Learn outside the classroom

All our forensic science students can take part in:

  • visits to the Magistrates' Court and Crown Court
  • guest lectures from visiting professionals
  • an optional work placement year.

There’s also the opportunity to conduct your dissertation in collaboration with Cambridgeshire Police or a forensic laboratory.


Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Studying this accredited course qualifies you to become a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


What can you do with a forensic science degree?

As a forensic science graduate you’ll be ready to work in a range of careers including laboratory analysis, quality control analysis, crime scene investigation and policing.

In fact, having gained a number of transferable skills, you’ll find you can explore roles in broader scientific and analytical-based jobs. Or you can consider a career in areas such as research, teaching or further education.

Some of our recent graduates are working in local police forces, and in lab settings for companies such as LGC, Chemtest, Treatt, Anglian Water and Cellmark.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a range of postgraduate courses including MSc Forensic Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science student

"I enjoy the wide variety of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials which enable me to explore my particular areas of interest, while also knowing that I am receiving a fully rounded education. The lecturers are enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable and put the wellbeing of their students as a priority."

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science student

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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