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This course will not be running in September 2017. We welcome applications for September 2018.

Forensic and Medical Sciences 4 years

Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Entry 2018: This course is not running
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: FBL9
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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The focus of the bioscience-based Forensic and Medical Sciences (FMS) course is on developing core skills in the biological sciences, and their application in medical sciences and forensic casework.

The emphasis is in the biosciences then shifts towards disease processes, and limitations of forensic investigation of a wide range of physical evidence types.

The final year develops your professional skills through a forensic research dissertation.

In addition to the pursuit of core sciences, forensic investigation in the areas of anthropology and topics relating to archaeology and the degradation of human remains and physical materials are studied which will develop your skills in forensic interpretation.

The University of Bradford is ranked 4th in the UK for Forensic Science in the Complete University Guide 2017.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Students can apply for student membership with the Forensic Science Society (which received Royal Charter status in 2014).

Why Bradford?

All components of the courses integrate practical training alongside the theoretical studies. An integrated practical forensic research project is taken in the third year.


Forensic Science - Complete University Guide 2017

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

To include A-level Chemistry or Biology minimum grade B.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM. Science subject required - must include a minimum of three Chemistry-related units.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma – Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry or Biology at minimum Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Cell and Tissue Biologycore
Human Genetics and Developmental Biologycore
Introductory Biochemistrycore
Introductory Microbiologycore
Principles of Forensic and Crime Scene Investigationcore
Scientific Practice 1core
Scientific Practice 2core
Year 2
Cellular Pathologycore
Clinical Biochemistrycore
Forensic Examination and Analysis of Physical Evidencecore
Medical Microbiologycore
Molecular Geneticscore
Analytical Biochemistryoption
English Legal Systems 1option
English Legal Systems 1 & 2option
Haematology and Transfusion Scienceoption
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Systems 1option
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of Systems 2option
Personal, Professional and Expert Witness Skillsoption
Year 3
Interpretation & Presentation of Forensic Evidencecore
Medical Geneticscore
Research Projectcore
Biology of Diseaseoption
Biometrics and Human Identificationoption
Electron Microscopyoption
Forensic Anthropologyoption
Introduction to Forensic Archaeology for Forensic Scientistsoption
Introduction to Forensic Taphonomyoption
Introduction to the Chemistry of Human Remainsoption
Research Topics 1 in Medical Cell Pathologyoption
Research Topics in Medical Biochemistry 1option
Research Topics in Medical Microbiology 1option
Year 4
Scientific Project Managementcore
Stage Four Research Projectcore
Applied and Diagnostic Pathologyoption
Forensic Enquiry and Critical Case Studyoption
Fundamentals of Analytical Scienceoption
Introduction to Forensic Archaeologyoption
Molecular Basis of Cancer and Cancer Therapyoption
Separation Scienceoption
Vibrational Spectroscopyoption
X-Ray Diffractionoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

85% of our 2015 graduates in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

There are wide-ranging career opportunities, including the health service, the forensic science or police scientific support laboratories, the Health and Safety Executive, and the public analysts’ laboratories, as well as opportunities in the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, drink and electronics industries. The scientific skills, knowledge and methods you will acquire during the course can also be a useful basis for a career in teaching; technical and scientific writing; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; and medical publishing or other information services.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Chemistry and Forensic Science graduates was £21,419.



We have excellent teaching and research facilities for forensics at Bradford including a Forensic Examination Suite, Forensic Taphonomy Laboratory and Field Station and our own dedicated Crime Scene facility.

Explore the Faculty of Life Sciences' facilities using this interactive 360° tour:

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £16,970

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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