Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science BSc (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

FF14

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

FF14

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLSU210

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

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 Alison Gingell 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)

93% of students agreed that their course has given them opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth - National Student Survey 2018.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Royal Society of Biology

Royal Society of Biology

Many of our staff are Chartered Biologists by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)


Royal Society of Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry

Many of our staff are Chartered Chemists by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).


Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Many of our staff are professional members of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS)

Our Facilities

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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

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Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Course information

This is a varied, applied course, which focuses on developing the skills required for the application of science to real-life situations, such as the procedures of a forensic investigation from the collection of evidence right through to the trial.

Analytical measurements are now an essential component of 21st century life, required to identify and control the quality of a vast array of products and samples –including medicines, textiles, agricultural products and forensic samples, such as illicit drugs, and the air that we breathe and food that we eat.

Designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of modern analytical chemistry, our course helps prepare you for a career in contemporary science. Introducing some fundamental chemistry theory throughout the course, we start with simple concepts, such as the principles of bonding, reaction rates and preparation techniques, but rapidly advance to complex spectroscopy and separation theory. To help ensure you are ‘industry ready’ on graduation, we also cover important aspects such as quality control, statistics and equipment/experimental validation techniques.

93%

of students agreed staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2018

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In your first year, you will learn about fundamental principles, theory and practice within chemistry and forensic science. You will study 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 and genetics.

Modules

  • Biology for Chemists

    This module aims to provide you with an introduction to key biological principles including the structure and activities of both prokaryotic (bacterial) and eukaryotic cells, the structure and function of biological macromolecules, enzymes and metabolic pathways, and genetic inheritance. These concepts are vital for understanding the key techniques employed in forensic science such as DNA analysis.

  • Introduction to Molecular Science

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the key aspects of molecular science that underpin analytical techniques in the chemical, pharmaceutical, forensic and biological sciences. Throughout the module you will also develop an understanding of molecular reactions and simple aspects of analysis.

  • Introduction to Analysis

    This module is designed to provide you with a general introduction to analytical science. It aims to provide you with background knowledge of the processes and techniques involved and their possible uses in analysis of a wide variety of chemical and biological materials including foods, environmental, and pharmaceutical samples.

  • Essential Forensic Science

    This module is designed to introduce you to specialist areas of forensic science including crime scene protocols, processing and management, quality assurance and control, plus forensic biology and chemistry based analytical techniques. You will also discuss legal aspects of forensics and explore a range of forensic scenarios including conducting an investigation into a simulated crime scene.

  • Skills for Forensic Sciences 1

    The aim of this module is to facilitate your development of key skills that are essential for successful undergraduate study and also future employability. As part of this module, you will be introduced to, skills that are fundamental to your course. These include effective scientific communication in both written and oral formats, identifying, interpreting and utilising relevant scientific literature, quantitative skills, teamwork, experimental design and safe and appropriate laboratory practical work. You will also consider the concepts of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and appropriate record keeping in the laboratory. On this module you will study alongside students on the Biological and Forensic Sciences BSc (Hons) degree and group work sessions will encourage interdisciplinary working and the opportunity to consider forensic science topics from different perspectives.

  • Skills for Forensic Sciences 2

    This module extends the topics that were introduced in Skills for Forensic Sciences 1 as well as introducing you to new concepts in preparation for the next level of study. This module also encourages you to consider and begin to prepare for future employment. You will extend your understanding of scientific data analysis with effective use of Excel for data manipulation and presentation, plus an introduction to statistical analyses with a focus on those particularly relevant to the forensic science field. You are also introduced to on-line molecular databases (bioinformatics) and their applications in their respective disciplines. Your laboratory skills and competency will be reinforced by a “mini-project” which will allow you to design and carry out an experiment using and practising laboratory techniques learnt previously. You will reflect on your developing personal, study and employability skills and produce a personal development portfolio. You are encouraged to consider career options and work experience opportunities, including CV preparation and will be briefed on the professional training year process.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

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

You have the opportunity to engage in 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

    This module develops your understanding of techniques to analyse biological macromolecules, e.g. DNA, RNA and proteins. It includes underlying principles of human molecular genetics, bioinformatics and the applications of biomolecular analysis in biotechnology industries. The module is designed to prepare you for the Forensic identification and modern advances in forensic DNA analysis module. The module also aims to develop key employability skills which are appropriate for progressing your career in in biotechnology or other biomolecular analysis companies.

  • Analytical Science in Industry

    This module introduces you to more complex analytical chemistry techniques and their applications and relates these to the analysis of both chemical and biological fluids and materials in industrial and manufacturing environments.

  • Principles of Analytical Techniques

    In this module you will explore the important areas of sampling, sample preparation, extraction techniques and analysis in the analytical sciences, with an emphasis on the quantitative aspects of spectrometry, chromatography and electrophoresis. On successful completion you will have developed your problem solving skills and gained a more in depth understanding of the instrumentation used in the analytical sciences.

  • Principles of Forensic Science

    The aim of this module is to expand upon your knowledge and skills in different aspects of forensic science. It enables you to learn in detail about forensic laboratory protocols and the techniques used to analyse evidence. Analytical techniques for the examination of biological and chemical evidence will be studied, including their application and interpretation within forensic scenarios. You will also be introduced to the detection of drugs and poisons.

  • Contemporary skills for Forensic Sciences

    You will advance your understanding and practise of biomolecular and forensic science research and data analysis including using SPSS for statistical evaluation. The value and use of biological databases (bioinformatics) and the importance and application of this discipline in genomics as applied to course specific topics will be explored. You will continue to review and extend your skills in scientific literature review and written presentation, plus reference management systems. You can also further explore career options, professional training placement and/or employment preparation. This will include consideration of employment selection practices and professional skills, knowledge and attributes that will contribute to successful employment, both in forensic industries or in wider career fields, including entrepreneurial activities and self-employment.

  • Research skills for Forensic Sciences

    In this module you will practise and develop your research skills through the planning, execution, analysis and reporting of a group based mini-project. You will utilise and extend your understanding of quantitative and qualitative experimental design, research ethics and risk assessment, and data analysis and presentation. These skills will prepare you for the final year individual research project.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

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

If you wish to do so, you can opt to take the Professional Experience Sandwich Year module or the Study Abroad module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and provided that you confirm your interest in undertaking this option before the end of your second year, typically in August.

Coventry University’s Talent Team can provide you with a wide range of support services in order to help you apply for a placement opportunity.

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.

*This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

Modules

Overview

The final year continues with 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 they were 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 also be able 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

  • Research Design for Analytical Chem and Forensic Science

    This module aims to equip you with the skills necessary to design a piece of research in a specific area of Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science, including considering the ethical issues associated with your design and any health and safety implications. Through a series of lectures, workshops, group and individual meetings, you will design a hypothesis driven research project considering current literature, appropriate methodology and data analysis. After successful completion of this module you will progress on to conduct the designed research project. A second aim of this module is to further engage you early in your final year with your future career and employability.

  • Independent Project in Analytical Chem and Forensic Science

    The aim of this module is for you to conduct a piece of investigative research, which may be laboratory or non-laboratory based, in a specialised area of Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science. This module follows from Research Design and you will implement your research proposals in this module. Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to demonstrate increasing independence, organisational and time management skills, technical skills and awareness of ethical and health and safety issues. You will work collaboratively with other students, academic and technical staff to utilise resources effectively.

  • Forensic Identification

    This module extends the discussion of forensic DNA analysis to consider the analysis and interpretation of more challenging samples such as low copy number and mixed samples, as well as modern advances in forensic analysis. These include novel multiplex PCRs for STRs, SNP analysis and prediction of phenotype, and mitochondrial DNA analysis. You will also cover the application of RNA analysis in the determination of body fluid identity and in estimation of post mortem interval. You will also review other forensic identification applications such as foot-in-shoe, facial recognition and gait analysis, and considers their use in both suspect identification and crime prevention.

  • Instrumentation and Advanced Techniques

    This module aims to develop your ability to select and develop appropriate analytical protocols for a wide variety of complex sample types combining both instrumental and traditional wet-chemistry approaches. The module also extends your understanding of the variety of analytical approaches to calibration and measurement for analytical procedures covering equipment and test methods to ensure the reliable, trustworthy and robust analytical outcomes required in a court of law.

  • Case Studies in Analysis

    This module will bring together the theory and practices described in other modules through the evaluation of case studies. These case studies are designed to enable you to apply analytical techniques and applications for areas such as environmental, food and forensic analysis as well as topics like method development in the pharmaceutical industry. Each case study will challenge you to consider and design essential analytical procedures for use in a multiple of ‘real life’ environments.

  • Advanced Forensic Science

    This module enables you, with the aid of specific case studies, to critically analyse and evaluate forensic evidence obtained from a range of sources. The module builds upon the forensic analysis techniques previously learned and concentrates on the appropriate application of these techniques to a range of offence types including homicides, sexual offences, other violent crimes (such as assaults and woundings), volume crimes (such as burglary, car crime and fraud) and drugs offences. You will also address the principles of forensic quality and statistical (probabilistic) evaluation of evidence and the presentation of evidence to a criminal court.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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We have been ranked joint first amongst Modern Universities in England for career prospects - Guardian University Guide 2021

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  • Support applying for short and long-term placements in laboratory and industrial settings.
  • Scene of crime outfit, basic fingerprint kit, laboratory coat and safety spectacles provided for use.
  • Regular guest speakers have previously included: Derek Forrest OBE, Interpol’s lead on Disaster Victim Identification; a former student now working as a DNA analyst and a forensic scientist with many years’ experience of presenting evidence in court.
  • Many of our staff are professionally recognised as accredited as Chartered Chemists by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Chartered Biologists by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) and are professional members of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS).
  • Hands-on experience of a wide range of laboratory techniques including High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, UV and IR Spectrometry, Atomic Emission Spectroscopy, Capillary Electrophoresis, gene amplification using PCR and Gene Sequencing (DNA17).
  • Strong network of professional agencies and potential employers and excellent research links with Key Forensic Services Ltd and LGC Forensics Ltd, whose practising forensic scientists have previously provided guest lectures and workshops to help students prepare themselves for the real-world experience of forensic science, as well as specific topics for final year research projects.
  • International opportunities as well as being part of the Chemistry society.

Based in the multimillion pound Alison Gingell Building featuring a purpose built analytical suite, the largest Class II containment teaching lab in Europe.

Our main study themes are: 

  • Chemical analysis: We deal with the important areas of sampling, sample preparation, extraction techniques and analysis in the analytical sciences. The quantitative aspects of spectrometry, chromatography and electrophoresis will be emphasised. We will examine the various processes and techniques involved and their possible uses in analysis of a wide variety of chemical and biological materials including foods, environmental and pharmaceutical samples within industrial and manufacturing environments.
  • Forensic science: Covers crime scene protocols for recovery, physical, biological and chemical techniques for analysis, statistical interpretation and legal aspects governing presentation of evidence for the criminal justice system. Techniques covered range from ‘spot tests’ for blood, drugs and firearm residues to the development of latent fingerprints, the identification of glass and paint fragments and the microscopic examination of hairs and fibres.
  • Biology for chemists: Covers key biological principles including the structure and activities of both prokaryotic (bacterial) and eukaryotic cells, the structure and function of biological macromolecules, enzymes and metabolic pathways, and genetic inheritance. These concepts are vital for understanding of key techniques employed in forensic science such as DNA analysis.
  • Laboratory competence: Generic and specialised skills in experimental biology, including experimentation and measurements on humans, anti-contamination and audit trail procedures, safety (e.g. key laboratory skills and competencies, good laboratory practice) and ethical considerations.
  • Research methods: Critical analysis, reflection, information searching and experimental design in the Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Sciences. Data collection, analysis and presentation.

This course is available as a full-time three-year or optional four-year course, the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field. Previous students have worked as Forensic Intelligence Operators for Maryland Police in the USA or analysts at Veolia Environmental Services, for example.
You will have the opportunity to study a range of practical classes, where you will undertake analysis of real samples such as bodily fluids such as blood and saliva, environmental samples including soil, food and agricultural elements, and pharmaceutical agents, as well as forensically specific samples such as drugs and fire debris. In order to analyse this, you will use a range of analytical equipment including ICP-OES, GC-MS, HPLC, ATR-FT-IR, analytical titrations and DNA prisms. These are designed to deliver a logical acquisition and development of laboratory skills.

Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to receive insight from the latest research and input from guest speakers in specific areas of analytical chemistry and forensic science, such as environmental disaster management and offender profiling.
Each year, the School of Life Sciences organises various field trips based upon Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) – collaborations include Seville and Barcelona (additional costs may apply and opportunities may be subject to application, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements).

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays, practical or project work, formal examinations, presentations and posters and group work.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Basic theoretical concepts of a wide range of analytical chemistry techniques and their application to problem solving.
  • Qualitative and quantitative aspects of analysis.
  • The theory and application of techniques used in forensic science, including those of a biological nature.
  • Mathematical techniques appropriate for a science degree course.
  • Effective laboratory skills and aspects of health and safety applicable to a laboratory environment.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret information from a variety of sources and compile the information in the appropriate form required.
  • Demonstrate an analytical approach to problem solving by having the ability to recognise and analyse novel problems and plan strategies for their solution.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of numerical, oral and written forms.
  • Safely carry out laboratory procedures.
  • Undertake effective forensic and analytical work using a skilled, accurate and precise approach.
  • Produce well-structured and logical arguments.
  • Design and implement problem solving techniques to solve appropriate forensic and analytical problems.
  • Demonstrate numerical and data manipulation skills at an appropriate level.
  • Operate independently or as part of an effective part of a team to solve problems of a technical and practical nature and provide appropriate solutions.
  • Interpret data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their significance and the theory underlying them.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: workshops/online tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 18 hours of self-directed study each week eg. revising or using online resources

Our four-year degree option allows a full year work placement, which can be taken abroad, or you can undertake a study year abroad.* A number of students in our department have been successful in securing places to study in Spain, France, Canada and the US.

The course attracts many international students, particularly from Romania, Poland, Switzerland and the Middle East, providing a diverse learning experience. We also have links with a number of international law enforcement agencies to provide chemistry and forensic science training for trainee police officers. The experiences that these students can provide are a valuable resource for all students.

COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) projects and field trips opportunities are available to all students (which may be subject to additional costs, application, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements).

*This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU210
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include one from Chemistry or Biology. Excludes General Studies. DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Chemical Science related subject 30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level.  5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*-C including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A Levels in nominated subjects.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit and 15 at Distinction in Biology and/or Chemistry, plus GCSE English Language, Mathematics at grade 9-4, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept the Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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Fee


September 2021

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2021

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,300 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering mandatory UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include: A scene of crime outfit and basic fingerprint kit, lab coat and safety goggles.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

EU Student Fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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 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).

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates of this course have secured laboratory positions with forensic providers in both Government and private sector organisations, while others have acquired posts in various analytical labs including those within the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, environmental, geotechnical and waste treatment industries with companies such as Viola Environmental, BP, LGC Forensics, and Charles River Laboratories.

Graduates not wishing to work in laboratory based occupations have previously secured posts in scientific equipment and medical sales, where they can apply their scientific training to real-world problem solving. A number have also gone on to work in managerial positions where their numeracy and analytical skills have been of benefit, for example, as a workflow planning manager for a building supplies company in Cambridgeshire or team leader of the DNA reference samples team of Key Forensic Services Ltd.

11th

for Career Prospects in Forensic Science in the Guardian University Guide 2020 

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.