BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation

Forensic Investigators produce evidence that can be used in a court of law. This programme will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on experience of scientific methods for the investigation and solving of crimes.

GCU has recently invested more than £1.5 million to create state-of-the-art chemistry and biology laboratories where students gain invaluable practical experience in using modern instruments, such as a DNA analyser, ultra powerful microscopes and mass spectrometers.

This programme provides you with a firm grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of the chemical and biological sciences, with forensic staff consultancy casework discussed throughout. You will have the opportunity to spend up to a year at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the USA.

Graduates can be accepted as Associated Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), which is a step towards chartered chemist status.

Your career

Graduates have gone on to work in the chemical and biochemical analysis sectors, the environmental forensic area, forensic science, the police, food safety, teaching, pharmaceuticals and the oil and gas industry.

Year 1

Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Maths & Stats, Scots Law, and Introduction to Forensic Investigation.

Year 2

Physical Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Civil & Criminal Procedure, Organic Chemistry 1, Inorganic Chemistry, Cells & Biomolecules.

Year 3

Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Incident Prevention, Investigation & Analysis, Organic Chemistry 2, Forensic Analysis, Chemical Data Analysis & Management.

Year 4

Environmental Forensic Analysis, Forensic Microscopy, Advanced Forensic Biology, Advanced Techniques in Forensic Science, Project.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Clearing 2020

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Study Options

  • 2020/21

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
3 - 4 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
F410
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 3 - 4 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
3 - 4 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
F410
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 3 - 4 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBC (incl Chemistry) Nat 5: (English and Maths)
Minimum entry requirement*: BCCC (incl Chemistry) Nat 5: (English and Maths)
A level: CCC (incl Chemistry) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl Chemistry) O2: (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level
IB Diploma: 24 points (incl Chemistry at Higher level) 
SWAP: Access to STEM - BBB
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip in Applied/Forensic Science (incl Chemistry) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)

Year 2
BTEC: DDM Ext Dip in Applied/Forensic Science (incl Chemistry) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
College HNC: 15 credit HNC Applied Science - graded unit B

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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Graduates of this programme can be accepted as Associate Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) which is a step closer to chartered chemist status.

Students have the opportunity to spend up to one year at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the USA.

Combination of unseen written examination, assessments and oral presentations. This distinctive programme marries a deep understanding of scientific principles coupled with a broad and varied educational approach, enhancing our student’s employment prospects, not only within the field of forensics but also in other areas. Many of our key staff are practising forensic experts, enhancing our students learning while Academic Development Tutors help develop generic skills such as report writing and exam techniques. The National Student Survey for 2012 gave 96% student satisfaction for Forensic Investigation.

Our students have the chance to study abroad for all or part of Level Three with our partner institutions in Finland, Sweden and Canada with possible opportunities to study in the USA from 2012-13 onwards. As part of their Level Three assessment, our students take part in an industrial visit which enhances their knowledge of how industry operates and allow them to marry theory to practice. This Structured Industrial Practice Studies is undertaken in collaboration with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, with whom we have long links.