Forensic Science Undergraduate Courses

Forensic science plays a crucial role in criminal justice, separating the facts from the fiction.

Whether you’re fascinated by crime scene investigation or want to unravel the makeup of a criminal mind, we have the right Forensic Science course for you. You’ll work alongside forensic scientists, fingerprint experts, police officers, lawyers and judges to gain a real insight into this exciting profession.

To identify evidence, forensic scientists preserve the physical and chemical traces of a crime, taking great care to avoid contamination. You’ll be guided through this intricate process in our state-of-the-art Crime Scene House which has been specially designed to provide seven replica domestic and commercial crime scenes, including a blood spatter room and panoramic CCTV system to support your skills training.

"I had such a fantastic time at Derby"

"I had such a fantastic time at Derby - the facilities are very good and the lecturers have such a passion for what they are teaching which encourages students to learn. Within a week of finishing my last exam I interviewed for a Toxicology Analyst position at Orchid Cellmark - the job was offered to me on the same day which was great. My plan is to work for a year or two and get as much experience in a laboratory as possible, then I hope to come back to Derby to study MRes Forensic Science and continue with my dissertation research."

A forensic scientist using a magnifying glass

Not just watching the detectives – working with them too

Our Forensic Science student Rebekah Muldowney is working with police forensics officers and detectives as part of her extended work placement in a CSI unit.

Find out how Rebekah is standing out from the crowdFind out how Rebekah is standing out from the crowd


Our Crime Scene House boasts seven unique crime scene environments, each of which have been carefully designed to provide realistic learning spaces for you to investigate evidence and criminal activity. The scenes include:

Having access to varying scenes will prepare you for the incredibly diverse crime scenes that will emerge throughout your career.

Virtual tour of our Crime Scene House

Expert teaching team

You’ll be taught by active researchers who are incredibly passionate about their subjects and have many years of commercial forensic experience. Guest speakers, such as criminal justice professionals, judges and lawyers, will also share their remarkable experiences with you.

Accreditations and endorsements

All of our Forensic Science courses including Foundation Years are accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Professional Experience

Our Forensic Science courses offer an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year studies.

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Why Derby?

What our Forensic Science graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include: