COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   Yes

This degree allows you to practice techniques to build forensic evidence records and oversee investigations from ‘crime scene to courtroom’.

Analytical chemistry techniques are used in a diverse range of industries – from medical, pharmaceutical and environmental analysis to cosmetics and food manufacture. Alongside molecular sciences, they are also used extensively during the investigation of criminal offences, in areas such as toxicology, fibre analysis fingerprints, questioned documents, the analysis of blood, DNA and fire/explosives residue.

Responding to the growing demand for analytical scientists both nationally and internationally, this exciting course recognises the multidisciplinary requirements of the modern analytical chemist and aims to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge needed by such employers. Our multimillion pound, state-of-the-art Science and Health Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories and a video linked ‘crime-scene’ house where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

Our experienced staff adopt a ‘Crime Scene to Court’ approach to their teaching, which really helps you to understand forensics, in particular the need to methodically collect samples, analyse them and present the results to the standard required by the courts. However, the multidisciplinary nature of this predominantly analytical chemistry course means that graduates are well placed to seek work in multiple fields of employment, evidenced by our excellent 100% graduate employability record. (DLHE, 2014/15)

Programme description

This degree allows you to practice techniques to build forensic evidence records and oversee investigations from ‘crime scene to courtroom’.

Analytical chemistry techniques are used in a diverse range of industries – from medical, pharmaceutical and environmental analysis to cosmetics and food manufacture. Alongside molecular sciences, they are also used extensively during the investigation of criminal offences, in areas such as toxicology, fibre analysis fingerprints, questioned documents, the analysis of blood, DNA and fire/explosives residue.

Responding to the growing demand for analytical scientists both nationally and internationally, this exciting course recognises the multidisciplinary requirements of the modern analytical chemist and aims to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge needed by such employers. Our multimillion pound, state-of-the-art Science and Health Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories and a video linked ‘crime-scene’ house where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

Our experienced staff adopt a ‘Crime Scene to Court’ approach to their teaching, which really helps you to understand forensics, in particular the need to methodically collect samples, analyse them and present the results to the standard required by the courts. However, the multidisciplinary nature of this predominantly analytical chemistry course means that graduates are well placed to seek work in multiple fields of employment, evidenced by our excellent 100% graduate employability record. (DLHE, 2014/15)

Key Modules

The applied nature of this course not only provides a stimulating academic experience, but also means that you have extensive opportunities to graduate as an all-round analytical chemist with a thorough training in the applications of forensic science.

This means you should be well-placed for employment in a variety of science areas including public services analysis, for example in air or water analysis laboratories, forensic science services, food manufacturers, beauty care and cosmetics companies, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. 

The skills of analytical chemists are also increasingly in demand for checking the quality of our food and water, protecting the environment and monitoring industrial materials and processes. You may also consider regulatory organisations such as the Foods Standards Agency (FSA), or the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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Module & Subject

Year1

In your first year, you will learn about fundamental principles, theory and practice within chemistry and forensic science. We teach modules that cover a thorough grounding in law and statistics, which are considered vital elements to the modern forensic scientist, demonstrating a capability to maintain auditable records of your investigations 

Subjects include principles of molecular science, principles of analysis, chromatography, atomic spectrometry, molecular spectrometry, sample collection and preparation, forensic science, biochemistry, genetics, and biomedical analysis.

Modules

  • Biology for Chemists

  • Chemical Sciences

  • Introduction to Analysis

  • Introduction to Forensic Science

  • Skills in Biomolecular Sciences 1 and 2

Year2

The second year includes the mandatory analytical chemistry, biomolecular analysis and forensic science topics. Analytical chemistry topics covered concentrate on instrumental analysis and separation and its application in industry. 

We offer an extensive laboratory programme where you will gain hands-on experience in the use of key industrially recognised techniques in the areas of separation and modern spectroscopy, including GCMS, HPLC, FT-IR, AAS and ICP-AES. This will provide you with key laboratory skills that analytical chemistry and forensic employers require for graduate jobs.

Modules

  • Biomolecular Analysis

  • Analytical Science in Industry

  • Principles of Analytical Techniques

  • Principles of Forensic Science

  • Contemporary Skills for Biomolecular Sciences 1 and 2

Placement YearAfter your second year, you can choose to apply for an optional sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. 

Past students have worked on project teams within Covance where they helped manage projects with teams on different continents, or worked at Nicholls Colton analysing environmental samples for the construction industry. We also have success in the forensic arena, with students working placements at the Maryland State forensic labs in America, and closer to home with LGC Forensics.

Year3

The final year continues with mandatory subject areas of advanced analytical chemistry covering topics suitable for future research or industrial work. For the forensic science element, you will apply your knowledge by tackling a simulated investigation to solve a ‘real-world’ problem, which involves the production of an expert witness statement. This exercise culminates in the presentation of evidence in a mock courtroom scenario where you will justify your conclusion. 

The key point of this aspect is to include the many different types of evidence, including DNA, fingerprint or fibres, to review them within the context of different crime types such as murder, sex offences or volume crime. You could find yourself being called upon to establish whether the glass found on a suspect’s jumper indicates that he was implicated in smashing a window at an alleged burglary scene or whether blood found on the broken window matches the DNA profile of the suspect’s blood. Other scenarios include an assessment of whether the paint found on a suspect’s keys matches the paint from a damaged vehicle and an assessment of the significance of this match. 

You will be required to undertake a project or research-based problem, which has led to past students winning prizes at the Forensic Institute Research Network (FIRN) Midlands regional conference and attended the international Forensic Research and Teaching (FORREST) conference.

Modules

  • Independent Project in Biomolecular Science

  • Research Design for the Biomolecular Sciences

  • Forensic Identification

  • Instrumentation and Advanced Techniques in Analysis

  • Case Studies in Analysis

  • Advanced Forensic Science

Entry Requirements

For entry to Year 1, you will need to successfully complete and pass the Foundation programme. Exceptional candidates with good marks in the Bangladeshi Higher School Certificate (HSC) may be considered for Year 1 of a Bachelor degree programme. We would also accept candidates studying for A-Levels with the correct number of tariff points.
You may also apply for Year 1 if you have completed the first year of a relevant degree. Advanced standing to Year 2 is possible if you have completed 60 credits of a relevant degree in Bangladesh or to Year 3 of some degrees if you have completed 90 credits of a relevant degree in Bangladesh
We also welcome students with the International Baccalaureate diploma. We require 28 points or more to be considered for direct admission to Bachelor degree courses.
IELTS - 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  13700.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Coventry University ,Priory Street,Coventry, United Kingdom
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER