A combination of forensic aspects with a thorough grounding in the traditional science of biology, in particular the molecular biology techniques and DNA profiling. The techniques learnt are transferable to other biological disciplines and provide a solid foundation for anyone wanting to study further.
Why Study Forensic Biology with us?
Teaching is delivered by an experienced and committed team of lecturers, supported by practising experts from many forensic disciplines. Emphasis is placed on the development of key generic skills, equipping you with the necessary theoretical basis and practical experience to enter many areas of employment in both forensic and biological sciences.
|Typical Entry||112 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels. Typical offer - BCC/BBC The department requires one of the following subjects as essential for entry:
GCE A Level: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Science
BTEC Extended Diploma (Applied Science): DMM
BTEC Diploma (Applied Science): D*D*
BBBB including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology
26 points including 5 in Biology or Chemistry
Access to HE Diploma (Science) course to include 30 level 3 credits at Merit or above
OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
During Year 1 (Level 4) you will undertake experimental work in general biological techniques, DNA technology, analytical chemistry, microbiology and genetics as well as crime scene examination and the forensic analysis of trace evidence.
What will I learn?
Year 2 (Level 5) allows you to undertake more experimental work in molecular biology, project designs, microbiology, and analytical techniques as well as more in depth examination of forensic exhibits.
What will I learn?
In Year 3 (Level 6), you have the opportunity to take advanced modules in more specialised areas of forensic biology. You may also have the option to undertake a research project in an area of interest to you.
" The course introduces many interesting topics that students do choose to follow up – particularly in their third year."
How will I be taught?
Small seminar groups supplement formal lectures, and you will gain practical experience in the teaching laboratories and crime scene sites. You will be given the opportunity to work on projects independently and as part of a team to encourage wider exploration of knowledge, understanding and cooperation. As you grow in confidence and skill, the learning emphasis will move to self-study using our extensive library and search facilities.
Contact hours vary from year to year and module to module but approximate to; Year 1 (Level 4): 50 hours per module; Year 2 (Level 5): 40 hours per module; Year 3 (Level 6): 35 hours per module.
How will I be assessed?
Assessments are designed to challenge and encourage both your academic skills and skills valid in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and end-of-module examinations. Coursework includes essays and reports, data processing and oral presentations.
Work Based Learning
As part of your studies you may take our Work Based Learning module, where you will be fully supported in securing a work placement of at least 150 hours, which you may be able to use in trying out a future career. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake Experiential Overseas Learning, where you can take advantage of our long-established links with organisations worldwide. Most students have the opportunity to undertake either one of these options as an integral part of their undergraduate course.
Fees and Funding
The University’s tuition fee for UK/EU students starting a full-time undergraduate degree in 2017 is £9,250 a year. For part-time study, the tuition fee is £1,540 per module.
The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email email@example.com if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Our historic Parkgate Road Campus in Chester has offered a wide range of courses since opening in 1839. It’s situated only a short walk from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to live and study.
Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.
Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of life at our Chester sites. On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, gym, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, sprint track, floodlit 3G multi-use pitch and floodlit astroturf pitch.
Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. The campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.