Are you fascinated by the process of conducting DNA analysis to investigate the scene of a crime? As one of the first UK universities to offer this course, we’ve been nurturing investigative minds for over a decade, and can help you on the path to your career in forensic biology.
You’ll be based in our purpose-built laboratories at the Pontypridd Campus. There will be the opportunity to put your analytical skills into practice at our Crime Scene House, where real-life crime scenarios are recreated.
With accreditation from The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, you can rest assured that the course content meets industry standards and will put you in an excellent position to compete for graduate jobs in this exciting sector.
Titulo de Bachillerato or the Selectividad with an average mark of 6.
Curso de Orientación Universitaria (COU) with an average mark of 6.
Técnico Especialista (Formación Profesional – segundo grado).
Ingeniero Técnico (from Escuela de Ingeniero Técnico).
Diplomado / Diplomatura.
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score for Undergraduate of 80 IBT
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 169 with at least 162 in each component ; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE II Distinction or ISE III Pass for undergraduate courses
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests, in some cases, we may also be able to accept the communicator level (B2)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 51 points in each element for the majority of undergraduate programmes
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
Introduction to Forensic Science
Introduction to Criminalistics
Introduction to Forensic Biology
Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists
Forensic Earth Science
Molecular Biology and an Introduction to Forensic Genetics
Endocrinology, Metabolism and the Renal System
Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence and Information (including Case Studies, Courtroom Skills and a Literature Review)
Human Molecular Genetics
Forensic DNA analysis
Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology
A Forensic Biology degree covers a wide range of sciences, from criminalistics to organic chemistry. The first year of your Forensic Biology degree will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of crime scene investigation protocol. You will also gain scientific knowledge of the chemical and biological analytical techniques used to assist investigations.
The second year of your Forensic Biology degree will enhance your practical skills and theoretical knowledge through forensic evidence and forensic imaging. You will develop your skills in applying analytical chemistry techniques and your understanding of biological science through molecular biology and medical microbiology.
In the third year, you will study advanced modules and critically analyse forensic case studies, as well as forensic microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. You will study toxicology and clinical biochemistry, as well as advanced biological analyses that involve genetics, DNA and biological anthropology.
Learning and teaching methods
Forensic Biology degree students typically have six lectures per week as well as ten to twelve hours of practical work plus some small group tutorials.
Graduates from the Forensic Biology degree have the knowledge and skills to gain good careers in a number of areas, such as scenes of crime and forensic investigation teams, biomedical laboratories, toxicology laboratories, or employment in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
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