Forensic Science

Study options

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Key facts

UCAS code:
F410
UCAS code:
F416
UCAS code:
F413
UCAS code:
2R14
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent College
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus, with a placement year
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year at Stoke-on-Trent College
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Start date:
19 September 2022

Professional body accreditation

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Work placements

Get practical career experience in relevant business sectors

Expert Facilities

mirror real life experiences in our crime scene house and lab facilities

If you want to develop scientific expertise and advanced problem solving, applying it to very practical demands, our Forensic Science degree may be for you.

Our Forensic Science degrees have been designed to develop scientific expertise, advanced analytical problem solving and transferable skills. The course is ideal for those who are interested in the application of science within the criminal justice system.

The MSci course combines Bachelors-level and Masters-level study in one integrated programme. The Foundation Year route is designed for students who may not have a science background or feel they need to enhance their skills and capabilities in Biology, Chemistry and data handling first. There is also the option to complete a placement year with our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with a Placement Year route.

Whichever degree you choose to complete, you will benefit from our highly practical approach to learning. You will gain hands-on experience using a range of instruments and techniques used in forensic science, such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), DNA profiling, blood splatter analysis, drug profiling and scanning electron microscopy. Our industry standard facilities include a crime scene house and specialist laboratories. On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

Our Forensic Science degrees have been designed to develop scientific expertise, advanced analytical problem solving and transferable skills. The course is ideal for those who are interested in the application of science within the criminal justice system. You will gain hands-on experience using a range of instruments and techniques used in forensic science, such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), DNA profiling, blood splatter analysis, drug profiling and scanning electron microscopy. Our industry standard facilities include a crime scene house and specialist laboratories.

The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with a Placement Year has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience by taking a year-long placement in industry. The placement takes place between the second and final year of study. 

Our Forensic Science degrees have been designed to develop scientific expertise, advanced analytical problem solving and transferable skills. The course is ideal for those who are interested in the application of science within the criminal justice system. You will gain hands-on experience using a range of instruments and techniques used in forensic science, such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), DNA profiling, blood splatter analysis, drug profiling and scanning electron microscopy. Our industry standard facilities include a crime scene house and specialist laboratories.

The Foundation Year option is available for those who may not have the academic profile for direct entry onto the 3 year degree. It will prepare you for the Forensic Science degree by enhancing your skills and capabilities in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

The Foundation Year is taught by Stoke on Trent College, then you will be on Staffordshire University Stoke on Trent Campus from your second year. 

Our Forensic Science degrees have been designed to develop scientific expertise, advanced analytical problem solving and transferable skills. The course is ideal for those who are interested in the application of science within the criminal justice system. You will benefit from our highly practical approach to learning. You will gain hands-on experience using a range of instruments and techniques used in forensic science, such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), DNA profiling, blood splatter analysis, drug profiling and scanning electron microscopy. Our industry standard facilities include a crime scene house and specialist laboratories.

The MSci course combines Bachelors-level and Masters-level study in one integrated programme. Students follow the same structure of study in years 1 to 3, but complete advanced modules and an integrated placement in their fourth and final year.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSci Forensic Science

Work placements

If you choose to study Forensic Science with a Placement Year, you will complete a placement between the second and final years of the course. If you opt to study the MSci Forensic Science, then you will complete an integrated masters placement in your fourth year. Our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Work placements

If you choose to study this Forensic Science with a Placement Year course, you will complete a placement between the second and final years of the course. Our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Work placements

If you choose to transfer to the Placement Year route or MSci route after your foundation year, then you will have the opportunity to complete a placement. If you choose to study the Forensic Science with a Placement Year course, you will complete a placement after the third year of the course, whilst the MSci route has an integrated masters placement in the final (what would be the fifth) year. 

Work placements

If you choose to study this MSci Forensic Science course, then you will complete an integrated masters placement in your fourth year. Our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to Scientific Techniques, including Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Biology, as well Crime Scene Processing.

In Year 2, you’ll focus on analysis and measurement. You’ll expand on the principles of criminalistic methods analysis with forensic chemistry, forensic biology and Marks and Traces. You will begin designing your final year research project and choose two option modules, including Firearm Investigation, Forensic Archaeology and Vehicle Collision Investigation.

In Year 3, our BSc (Hons) students put forensic knowledge into practice by working on simulated crime scenes, analysing the evidence and presenting in court as an Expert Witness. You’ll also complete your independent research project in a current forensic field

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to Scientific Techniques, including Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Biology, as well Crime Scene Processing.

In Year 2, you’ll focus on analysis and measurement. You’ll expand on the principles of criminalistic methods analysis with forensic chemistry, forensic biology and Marks and Traces. You will begin designing your final year research project and choose two option modules, including Firearm Investigation, Forensic Archaeology and Vehicle Collision Investigation.

On the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with a Placement Year, you will complete your placement year between your second and final year. There are opportunities to work with Staffordshire Police through our Staffordshire Forensic Partnership, or other laboratory based employers.

In your final year, our BSc (Hons) students put forensic knowledge into practice by working on simulated crime scenes, analysing the evidence and presenting in court as an Expert Witness. You’ll also complete your independent research project in a current forensic field.

In year first year as a Foundation year student, you will build upon your knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Applied Scientific skills to prepare you for year 2.

In Year 2, you’ll be introduced to Scientific Techniques, including Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Biology, as well Crime Scene Processing.

In Year 3, you’ll focus on analysis and measurement. You’ll expand on the principles of criminalistic methods analysis with forensic chemistry, forensic biology and Marks and Traces. You will begin designing your final year research project and choose two option modules, including Firearm Investigation, Forensic Archaeology and Vehicle Collision Investigation.

In your final year, our BSc (Hons) students put forensic knowledge into practice by working on simulated crime scenes, analysing the evidence and presenting in court as an Expert Witness. You’ll also complete your independent research project in a current forensic field.

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to Scientific Techniques, including Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Biology, as well Crime Scene Processing.

In Year 2, you’ll focus on analysis and measurement. You’ll expand on the principles of criminalistic methods analysis with forensic chemistry, forensic biology and Marks and Traces. You will begin designing your final year research project and choose two option modules, including Firearm Investigation, Forensic Archaeology and Vehicle Collision Investigation.

In your third year, you will put forensic knowledge into practice by working on simulated crime scenes, analysing the evidence and presenting in court as an Expert Witness. You’ll also complete your independent research project in a current forensic field.

In your final year as an MSci student, you will have the opportunity to work more independently through either a professional placement or a research assistantship. By this stage, you’ll have the laboratory skills needed to function autonomously to demonstrate a wide variety of skills expected at Masters-level study.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. 

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. 

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. 

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 and 40 academic credits.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 480 credits for the degree as a whole. The course has one start point in September

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 0 compulsory modules
Year 0 compulsory modules
Academic And Digital Skills 20 credits
Applied Science 20 credits
Biology 20 credits
Chemistry 20 credits
Communicating Science Project 20 credits
Maths And Data Handling 20 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology or Chemistry at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM, Science based course that includes Biology and/or Chemistry

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC, to include Biology or Chemistry at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DMM, Science based course that includes Biology and/or Chemistry

Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points

  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP

 

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points

  • A levels: ABC, to include Biology or Chemistry at Grade C or above
  • BTEC: DDM, Science based course that includes Biology and/or Chemistry

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

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Careers

Graduates from our Forensic Science degrees have secured roles as forensic scientists at national providers, including Key Forensics and LGC. Other destinations include crime scene officers for various police constabularies, forensic technicians, fingerprint analysts, public service organisations, and teaching whilst others move on to postgraduate study.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Year 1

30% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
70% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

34% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
67% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

12% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
88% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Year 1

25% practical exams
55% coursework
20% written exams

Year 2

20% practical exams
50% coursework
30% written exams

Year 3

19% practical exams
81% coursework
0% written exams

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Your tutors are experienced practitioners who will bring real-life experiences to your learning using the most up-to-date skills and technologies.

Dr Duncan Parker

Course Director

Duncan Parker joined the university in 2017 as a lecturer in Chemistry, teaching on the Forensic Science degrees. He is now Course Leader for Forensic Science and Course Director for Forensic Science and Investigation.

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David Flatman-Fairs

Senior Lecturer

David has been a lecturer at Staffordshire University since 2002, and is now Course Leader for Forensic Investigation. His expertise are in Chemical Analysis, Criminalistic Methods and Crime Scene Processing.

David's profile

Dr John Allum

Senior Lecturer

John is a Senior Lecturer in Forensics, specialising in fire and explosion investigation, hazardous and chemical incidents, marine cargoes and shipping incidents, and spoliage and self-heating of agricultural cargoes.

John's profile

Dr Rachel Bolton-King

Associate Professor

I am an Associate Professor (Tef) and I specialise in forensic firearm identification and ammunition, ballistics imaging, and shooting incident reconstruction.

Rachel's profile

Dr Sarah Fieldhouse

Associate Professor

I am a Senior Lecturer and I specialise in fingerprints and their use as forensic evidence.

Sarah's profile

Dr Claire Gwinnett

Professor

I am a Professor in Forensic and Environmental Science. I specialise in forensic fibres analysis, mircoplastics and plastic pollution, hair analysis, paint analysis and glass analysis.

Claire's profile

Dr Neil Lamont

Senior Lecturer

Neil's expertise is in analytical chemistry developed in the area of environmental science. He is module leader for Basic Chemical Concepts, Vehicle Collision Investigation and Environmental Forensics and is a member of the Royal Society of Chem…

Neil's profile

Dean Northfield

Senior Lecturer

Dean worked for West Yorkshire Police as a VIPER Officer (2 Years) then an Imaging Officer (6 years). He progressed to Senior Imaging Officer, before finishing his time at West Yorkshire Police in the Forensic Multimedia Unit

Dean's profile

Dr Sarah Fieldhouse

Associate Professor

I am a Senior Lecturer and I specialise in fingerprints and their use as forensic evidence.

Sarah's profile

Dr Abdulrahman Oleiwi

Lecturer

Abdulrahman is a lecturer in forensic genetics and forensic biology. He joined Staffordshire University in 2019 within the school of Law, Policing and Forensics and lectures at all levels on Forensic Biology and DNA Profiling.

Abdulrahman's profile

Dr Kirsty Squires

Associate Professor

Kirsty is an Associate Professor of Bioarchaeology and primarily teaches in the areas of human osteology and statistical methods. Her research focuses on the analysis of cremated human bone from archaeological and forensic contexts

Kirsty's profile

Dr Francesca Stubbs-Hayes

Lecturer

I am a Lecturer in Forensics and I specialise in Wet Powder Suspension systems which are used to develop latent fingermarks found at crime scenes.

Francesca's profile

Dr Laura Walton-Williams

Director Of Business & Enterprise

Laura has been a lecturer at Staffordshire University since 2004. Actively involved in research in forensic science, she also conducts consultancy in the examination of evidence of a biological origin. Laura's areas of expertise include DNA an…

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Dr John Wheeler

Associate Dean - Students

Dr. John Wheeler has expertise in Supramolecular Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.

Dr Graham Williams

Professor

I am a Professor in Forensics and My research expertise lies in Body Fluid Identification, DNA interpretation, and Forensic Epigenetics.

Graham's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year at Stoke-on-Trent College
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSci Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software
  • The use of all specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.
  • PPE, including lab coat, provided for duration of course.
  • As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software
  • The use of all specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.
  • PPE, including lab coat, provided for duration of course.
  • As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software
  • The use of all specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.
  • PPE, including lab coat, provided for duration of course.
  • As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software
  • The use of all specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.
  • PPE, including lab coat, provided for duration of course.
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

One of the many things I loved about the Forensic Science course was having hands on experience of mock criminal investigations, from collecting a piece of evidence in the crime scene house to analysing it in the laboratory.  This meant I was able to use a number of biological, chemical and analytical techniques to obtain as much information from that evidence as possible, so I have graduated with great knowledge and practical experience.

Tom Bird

Forensic Science Graduate

The Forensic science course at Staffs offered learning about a wide range of different fields within forensics.

The Forensic science course at Staffs offered learning about a wide range of different fields within forensics; crime scene investigation, forensic biology, chemistry, digital forensics, firearms, court reporting, taught in the crime scene house, the court in Hanley…  

All of this was great because I hadn't known what type of work I wanted to pursue a career before university, and by learning all of these different fields provided tasters of the work they involved.  

Tina Kaur

MSci Forensic Science

The range of equipment at Staffordshire University is incredible and is ever-growing.

The range of equipment at Staffordshire University is incredible and is ever-growing. The hands-on experience with all this equipment assisted learning well. The spirit that lecturers showed during Open Days and Offer Holder Days made it clear they love their job. They all have field knowledge from their past experiences working in a huge range of specialities, meaning all the lecturers have their own stories to tell.

Aimee Simmill

Forensic Science

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