Skip to main content

Forensic Science

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: FS10 or FS11 (with professional placement year)
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Learn how to use science to help solve crimes on this Forensic Science degree.

  • Understand the science behind crime scene investigations.
  • Learn to gather, analyse and interpret evidence, and how to present it to court.
  • See forensic science in action with visits to crime scene investigation units and police stations.

Have you ever wondered what goes on when a crime scene is investigated? Or what happens to the evidence that’s collected? If you’re curious about real-life CSI then this Forensic Science course will answer all your questions, and more.

You’ll learn all the skills you need to become a crime scene investigator, including observing a crime scene and gathering evidence, analysing and interpreting what you find, and presenting your discoveries to the criminal justice system.

You’ll also gain a solid understanding of the criminal justice system, and explore the causes and motivations behind the crimes you’ll be investigating. 

Open Days

Get a taste of life at Bath Spa – come to one of our Open Days.

Book your place

What you'll learn


Learn the core skills needed by forensic scientists on this practical Forensic Science degree.

You’ll gain an understanding of the science behind the meticulous and careful gathering of evidence from a crime scene.

You’ll discover the processes and techniques used in evidence gathering, working in our well-equipped labs to get hands-on experience of processing and analysing evidence.

Course structure

Year one
In your first year, you’ll study the science behind forensics. You’ll develop your experimental skills and gain an understanding of the fundamentals of chemical and biosciences. You’ll also look at areas of crime and disorder which occur in everyday life.

Year two
In your second year, you’ll find out more about the workings of the British criminal justice system. You’ll also discover the different techniques used to analyse crime scene evidence, including bodily fluids, fingerprints and hair.

You’ll learn about research methods and take part in small-scale research tasks to help prepare you for your independent research project in your final year.

You’ll have the opportunity to go on placements to further enhance your understanding and practice of forensic science.

Year three
In your final year, you’ll conduct your independent research project, undertake further studies in advanced analytical techniques, and demonstrate your understanding of forensic science in a practical-based module.

You’ll also explore subjects such as punishment and the penal system in global context, cyber security, and terrorism.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed using a combination of report writing, laboratory reports, presentations, group work, in-class tests and dissertations.

How will I be taught?

Teaching will be delivered through interactive lectures and seminars, and you'll put your knowledge into practice through workshops, practical lab sessions, supervised projects and case studies. You’ll also learn from guest speakers and lecturers who are experts and practitioners in the field. 

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules
  • Forensic Science Techniques
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Crime and Disorder in Everyday Life
  • Criminal Law; case and matter analysis
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Digital Forensics
Year two (Level 5) modules
  • Research Skills for Forensic Science
  • Policing; Crime Control and Prevention
  • Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Forensic Casework and Analysis
  • The Psychology of Criminal Investigations
  • Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Professional Placement Year
Year three (Level 6) modules
  • Dissertation Planning for Forensic Science
  • Dissertation Publication for Forensic Science
  • Contemporary Topics in Forensic Science
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Advanced Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Forensic Science Work Placement
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cyber Crime, Law and Ethics


Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.

Work placements, industry links and internships

You'll have the option to take a professional placement year between your second and final year, and shorter placements are available in the second year as part of a work placement module. These placements give you an opportunity to gain real-world experience, which is highly attractive to employers.


This Forensic Science degree will give you in-depth knowledge in, and practical experience of, forensic science, as well as valuable transferable skills such as research, analysis, communication and teamwork.  

You’ll graduate with a strong basis for a career in forensic science or analytical chemistry.

You could also choose to continue your education and study for a Master’s or PhD.

Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

Adobe Creative Campus

Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.   

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught at our Newton Park campus, which is located on the edge of Bath and offers a blend of modern and eighteenth-century buildings, with good access to the city while being nestled in the countryside.

You’ll carry out practical sessions in our well-equipped labs, and have access to our Biology Resource Room. From your lectures, you’ll be able to visit the library, the Students’ Union, and access our student information and support teams, as well as many of our cutting edge facilities

  • Forensic Science students will carry out practical classes in our dedicated labs containing modern equipment, including high-precision instrumentation (Atomic Emission Spectrophotometer, GC, HPLC), genetic and cell culture facilities, microscopy, physiological data acquisition systems and physiology equipment.
  • Our Library offers a wealth of learning resources including books, journals, DVDs and an extensive range of electronic services. Our Subject Librarian for Sciences provides subject-specific support, including help with research.
  • The Writing and Learning Centre provides support for your academic work, including feedback on written drafts and other help with academic writing.
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment provides online access to learning materials such as lecture slides, assessment information, discussion boards and other resources.
  • The Careers team run networking events and advisory workshops that explore your future options and the essentials of the job application process. They help you get experience by assisting with your search for work placements and paid part-time jobs while you're studying. When you're ready to progress into your chosen career, they can help you secure graduate-level employment, freelance opportunities, and funding for your own business ideas. Career support continues for years after you graduate with the dedicated Grad Support Unit.
  • You’ll have free access to thousands of business, design and tech courses online via LinkedIn Learning.
  • If English isn't your first language, our English Language Unit can help you improve your English, reach your full potential and boost your confidence.
  • Our Student Wellbeing Services are available to support you through your learning.

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK full time £9,250
International full time £16,905

Professional Placement Year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.

  • UK: £1,850
  • International: £3,381

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for curious and committed students who wish to push the boundaries of their academic knowledge and get the best possible preparation for their future career. You’ll want to become a socially-engaged global citizen, ready to make a difference.

This is a very practical course, so enjoyment of working in a laboratory setting is also key, alongside interest and engagement with the wider legal sector.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level – grades BBB-BCC including a grade B in Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 32 points are required with a minimum of Grade 5 in Biology or a related subject at Higher Level.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher) in a science or related subject.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.5 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages. 

Course leader: Professor Sabbir Ahmed

Website feedback to