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Forensic and Analytical Science BSc (Hons)
Forensic and Analytical Science BSc (Hons)

Forensic and Analytical Science BSc (Hons)

  • ID:RGU440206
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (GBP)

  • TuitionFee/Year:£15,040.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£624.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:£15,040.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£624.00
Estimated Total/program:
£110,656.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • SQA Higher: BBBC to include Chemistry and one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics or Environmental Science.  English and Maths are required at National 5 grade B or above if not held at Higher.

  • GCE A Level: BCC to include Chemistry and one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Maths or Physics or Environmental Science. English and Maths are required at GCSE grade 6 or above if not held at A Level.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 to include Chemistry and one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Maths and Physics, English and Maths are required at grade O2 or above if not held at Higher.

  • IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level Chemistry at grade 5 plus one further science from Biology, Maths or Physics at Higher Level. English and Maths are required at a minimum of Standard Level grade 4 if not held at Higher Level.

English requirements

  • Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

Course Information

Offering a crime scene to courtroom learning experience, the Forensic and Analytical Science degree will provide you with key problem solving skills to progress in an exciting and fascinating forensic or analytical science career. The course features extensive practical elements meaning you will use a wide array of analytical instrumentation preparing you for the working world.

Forensic science involves the analysis of biological, chemical or physical samples collected as evidence during a criminal investigation. As a Forensic Scientist you will provide crucial scientific evidence which may link a suspect to the scene of the crime, the victim, or the weapon. The role of analytical science in forensic investigations is becoming increasingly important due to the major developments in analytical chemistry.

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Stage 1, Semester 1,

  •   AS1006,   Introduction to Crime Scene and Forensic Techniques, ,

  •   AS1010,   Applied Microbiology, ,

  •   AS1801,   Chemistry For Life Sciences, ,

  •   AS1901,   Biology for Life Sciences, ,

Stage 1, Semester 2, ,

  •   AS1006,   Introduction to Crime Scene and Forensic Techniques, , ,

  •   AS1026,   Biomolecular Science, , ,

  •   AS1802,   Analytical Techniques for Life Sciences, , ,

  •   AS1903,   Practical Skills for Life Sciences, , ,

Stage 2, Semester 1,

  •   AS2040,   Analytical Science 1, ,

  •   AS2063,   Forensic Examination & Analysis, ,

  •   AS2232,   Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, ,

  •   BS2178,   Legal Framework, ,

Stage 2, Semester 2, ,

  •   AS2041,   Analytical Science 2, , ,

  •   AS2063,   Forensic Examination & Analysis, , ,

  •   AS2903,   Genetics and Molecular Biology, , ,

Stage 3, Semester 1,

  •   AS3040,   Analytical Chemistry, ,

  •   AS3065,   Fire, Explosions and Firearms, ,

  •   AS3067,   Trace Evidence Analysis, ,

  •   AS3240,   Forensic Biology and Anthropology, ,

Stage 3, Semester 2, ,

  •   AS3065,   Fire, Explosions and Firearms, , ,

  •   AS3066,   Forensic Toxicology And Substances Of Abuse, , ,

  •   AS3067,   Trace Evidence Analysis, , ,

  •   AS3070,   Spectral Analysis and Interpretation, , ,

Stage 4, Semester 1,

  •   AS4040,   Advanced Analytical Techniques, ,

  •   AS4049,   Project, ,

  •   AS4170,   Forensic DNA Profiling, ,

Stage 4, Semester 2, ,

  •   AS4049,   Project, , ,

  •   AS4083,   Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence, , ,

  •   BS4268,   Criminology, , ,

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

A diverse range of opportunities within the Scottish Police Services Authority and Forensic Science Laboratories are available, including scene examination, fire investigation, laboratory analysis and health and safety, and police graduate entry. Alternatively, a number of students opt for careers in industry in which employment prospects are particularly good (including pharmaceutical, oil and biotechnology).

IS FORENSIC AND ANALYTICAL SCIENCE A GOOD CAREER CHOICE?

Previous Forensic and Analytical Science graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Analytical Scientist

  • Technical Service Chemist 

  • Freeze Drying Technician

  • Applications Technician

  • Lab Technician

  • Research & Development 

Postgraduate study in specialist forensic disciplines and teaching are other routes many of our graduates choose to take. There are also opportunities for students to pursue forensic and analytical research at the university, for example in anti-fraud technology, advances in DNA technologies, environmental chemistry and drugs and toxicology.

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OSHC: 624GBP/ per year

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