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Forensic and Medical Sciences

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: FB49
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.

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.

You will be able to transfer between the three-year BSc and four-year BSc.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

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 or Biology-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).

Additional entry requirements:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

This programme has been designed to deliver education and training in the essential core biomedical, chemical and forensic sciences to help you to become a skilled forensic practitioner. The programme integrates forensic investigation within each year of the course, and delivers a wide range of transferable skills, many of which are embedded within the scientific programme, as well as being acquired through modules in professional development.

It will provide you with opportunities to focus on topics of particular interest in your final year of study. Degrees based on the biosciences prepare graduates for a wide range of careers including those in the professional medical and forensic sectors because of their broad basis and application.

Stage 1

  • Independent Study for Forensic Scientists Core (20 credits)
  • Principles of Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation Core (20 credits)
  • Cell & Tissue Biology Core (20 credits)
  • Introductory Biochemistry Core (20 credits)
  • Introductory Microbiology Core (20 credits)
  • Human Genetics & Developmental Biology Core (20 credits)

Stage 2

  • Forensic Examination and Analysis of Physical Evidence Core (20 credits)
  • Virtual Anatomy for Forensic Sciences Core (20 credits)
  • Statistics and Databases for Forensic Scientists Core (20 credits)
  • Molecular Genetics Core (20 credits)
  • Biometrics and Human Identification Core (20 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology Option (20 credits)
  • Pathology Option (20 credits)
  • Elective

Stage 3

  • Dissertation Core (40 credits)
  • Interpretation & Presentation of Forensic Evidence for Forensic Science Core (20 credits)
  • Professional Development: Forensic Enquiry and Critical Case Study Core (20 credits)
  • Medical Genetics Core (20 credits)
  • Forensic Anthropology Option (20 credits)
  • Forensic Taphonomy Option (20 credits)
  • Elective

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

93% of our 2016 graduates in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

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.



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 our facilities with the University of Bradford Virtual Experience.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £17,800

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.