Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Forensic Science
with a Professional Placement

Unlock the secrets of crime-solving and gain the skills for a rewarding career.

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Course overview

Do you want to understand the science behind crime scene investigation, develop your laboratory skills and be trained in the delivery of expert witness testimony? Then choose our top-ranked Forensic Science degree.

On your year in professional placement, you’ll work in industry for a year, gaining relevant work experience and putting into practice the skills you’ve learnt. The paid placement takes place between your second and final years and can be in the UK or abroad. You also produce an independent research project.

You'll graduate with in-depth knowledge of the theory behind the science, supported by practical experience gained in simulated crime scenes and court cases, major incident exercises that unfold in real time and in our outstanding laboratories. You'll also discover how the skills you gain can be applied within archaeology and in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Science.

Why study Forensic Science at Kent?

A professional placement

Your Forensic Science degree opens the door to lots of exciting careers; taking a professional placement year helps you discover some of those options.

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Number 1

We're ranked 1st in The Guardian University Guide 2024 and 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2024.

A course that delivers.

Forensic Science student Luke Ryde has spent a lifetime planning his career path, discover why Kent was part of his plan.

We're here for you.

Academic advisers and support staff are on hand to help with course and life queries; careers advisers to help you get where you want to go.

Get hands-on experience.

You'll use industry-standard equipment from the start of your degree.

Everything you need to know about our Forensic Science course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
BBB
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You'll get to grips with the broad base of knowledge on which forensic science is built, including core chemistry, biochemistry, drug chemistry, and ballistics. You also develop solid investigative and laboratory skills.

How you'll study

This course combines innovative teaching with extensive practical sessions, where you can apply your knowledge.

Your future

Forensic scientists are in demand in lots of areas. In addition to working with the police and in the criminal justice system, forensic skills are also sought after in the food and pharmaceutical industries and can be applied within archaeology. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Cellmark
  • DNA Legal
  • Eurofins Forensic Services
  • GSK
  • Forensic Explosives Laboratory (part of the Ministry of Defence, it provides scientific support to the Police and Crown Prosecution Service).

You'll also develop key transferable skills including: the ability to work independently or as part of a team; to analyse and problem solve; to conduct research and communicate your findings.

UK Forensic Science graduate salaries
Very high
£26,312
Average base pay (5,333 salaries)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time

  • UK
    TBC
  • International
    TBC

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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