Biological and Forensic Science BSc (Hons) 2021/22 entry

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Course code:

CF94

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

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September 2021

 

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Course code:

HLSU209

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Overview

This exciting course blends the study of human biology with the rigorous techniques used in forensic laboratories, including analysis of blood, fibres, fingerprints, drugs, documents, DNA and fire/explosives residue.

Ideal if you are fascinated by the scientific investigation of crime, in the Human Biology element of the course a broad range of subjects are covered, including microbiology, molecular biology, medical genetics, cancer biology, physiology and cell biology.

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.

You’ll gain hands-on experience of a range of techniques in biology and forensic science in modern, well-equipped laboratories. You can also engage in multiple placement opportunities and the chance to conduct research alongside our experienced staff or the many professional organisations we have links with – such as Leicester Royal Infirmary,

Key Forensic Services Ltd, Nemaura Pharmaceuticals Ltd and West Midlands Police.
We believe the career focus is one of the reasons why Coventry University is ranked 11th for career prospects in Forensic Science in the Guardian University Guide 2020

See the facilities we have in our brand new Alison Gingell Building

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.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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

Students are eligible to become Associate Members of the Royal Society of Biology.

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS)

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS)

Student Membership of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) is provided free-of-charge for all final year students.

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What our students say...

Coventry University is the place where interactive learning and practice combine together to give you the best student experience. The excellent facilities and the amazing tutors provides the best teaching environment  and you really feel part of the Coventry University team. My experience here has helped me to achieve my best, developing my skills and knowledge in a large number of fields.

Andrei-Florin Sandu (Level 2, Biological and Forensic Sciences)

Course information

If you are interested in working in the fields of human biology or its application to forensic science, this course is designed to prepare you to formulate, implement and evaluate appropriate investigative techniques. It has been purposefully designed to give you a thorough understanding of both modern human biology topics as well as forensic science. You will cover key study and research skills in the areas of forensic science, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology and human physiology.

This is a varied, applied course, which recognises the multidisciplinary approach that is needed in modern sciences. Throughout your degree, you will study the details of forensic science, the legal system and investigative practice, demonstrating a capability to maintain auditable records of your investigations.

100%

of students agreed the course is intellectually stimulating

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year modules will introduce you to basic scientific principles, such as hypotheses development and testing, laboratory procedures and protocols, health and safety and data presentation and analysis across the range of bioscience disciplines studied. The essential bioscience principles begin from the molecular level building up to cellular processes and extending to organism physiology systems. The first year will also include an introduction to crime scene investigation, evidence recovery and laboratory application.

Modules

  • Human Physiology in Health and Disease

    This module is about human physiology - the science that attempts to explain the structure and functions of the human body and the way it adapts to its environment. It places emphasis on the relationship between structure and function, and on cause-and-effect mechanisms, integrating comparisons between healthy and disease states. You will also explore the concept of metabolic and development control. You will be introduced to laboratory based techniques for the measurement of physiological variables (e.g. metabolic rate, heart rate, blood pressure and spirometry) and investigation of cellular physiology. The module aims to provide you with a sound foundation of human physiology relevant to biology based courses.

  • Biochemistry and Microbiology

    This module provides you with an introduction to the living world; the origins of life; the cellular basis of life and the diversity of living organisms from single celled prokaryotes to multicellular eukaryotes. You will consider the structure of biological molecules and their functional properties within the cell, and discuss the action of enzymes including the basic principles of enzyme kinetics. The module also provides you with an introduction to microbiology, including aspects of bacterial cell structure and growth.

  • Cell and Molecular Biology

    This module aims to achieve an understanding of the structure and functions of mammalian cells, and the metabolic processes that occur within them. The module covers cell division mechanisms, energy metabolism, and cell communication. There is an introduction to genetic inheritance patterns linked to understanding of DNA replication, transcription and translation, and a consideration of evolution and natural selection mechanisms.

  • 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. During the module you will also discuss legal aspects of forensics, explore a range of forensic scenarios and conduct an investigation into a simulated crime scene.

  • Skills for Forensic Sciences 1

    The aim of this module is to facilitate the 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, and will be required to demonstrate, 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. The concepts of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and appropriate record keeping in the laboratory are considered. You will study this module alongside students studying Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science and the group work sessions will encourage interdisciplinary working and the opportunity for you 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 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 your discipline. Building on the skills taught and developed in Skills for Forensic Sciences 1, 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.

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

In year 2 you will continue to build upon the core biology relating to Forensic Science (Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology) as well as studying key forensic methodology and techniques. You also have the option of either following a Physiology or Microbiology theme as appropriate for your intended career destination. The associated practical skills programme delivers a logical acquisition and development of laboratory skills.

Modules

  • Molecular Genetics

    This module extends the study of both the DNA based biochemistry and the basic understanding of genetics developed in Year 1 to the study of human genetic disorders (chromosomal and molecular abnormalities) and the techniques and theoretical knowledge which has made the recent great strides forward in our understanding of our genes and genome. You will also explore the applications and implications of such knowledge.

    This module provides an integrated programme of laboratory work that continues and expands upon the first year programme in covering the principles, practice and applications of a variety of techniques. The aim of this part of the module is to provide you with appropriate experimental support and to continue the laboratory training initiated in Year 1, so that you are adequately prepared for further experimental study including the Professional Training Year and final year project.

  • Cell Biology

    This module focuses on fundamental features and activities of eukaryotic cells such as control of cell division and differentiation, cell communication and interaction with other cells and with the external environment. The module also investigates cellular organisation from cells to tissues to organs from the early stages of development to the whole body system. Much of our current knowledge of normal cellular processes has come from detailed study of disease states, and this is integrated throughout this module. Modern advances in cell biology and genetics which aim to aid diagnosis or therapy are also discussed, with consideration of the uses of adult and embryonic stem cells. The importance of cell signalling pathways is covered with their involvement in a number of diseases and their therapeutic applications and potential. This module will also cover areas such as tissue remodelling, regeneration, ageing and the role of cell death in body patterning.

  • Principles of Forensic Science

    The aim of this module is to expand your knowledge and skills in different aspects of forensic science. It is designed to enable 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 1 and 2

    On successful completion of this module you will have advanced 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. The module also further explores careers opportunities, 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

    On 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 your final year individual research project.

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Systemic Physiology: This module is about systemic human physiology and associated disorders affecting specific systems (e.g. nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular) - the science that attempts to explain the structure and functions of the human body and the way it adapts to its environment and disease. Within this module the laboratory skills you obtained in Year 1 will be further enhanced in the measurement of physiological variables (e.g. heart rate, blood pressure and spirometry). It aims to further the study of physiology and pharmacology and enable you to discuss and analyse the area of systemic physiology.
    • Infection and Immunity: The aims of this module are to focus on the biology of medically important micro-organisms and the role they play in health and disease and to explore the structure and function of the defence mechanisms of hosts, specifically the immune responses that are targeted against pathogens. The micro-organisms you will study include bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, and in this module you will investigate their structure, replication, their diagnosis and associated clinical disease. Prevention and control of disease is explored and starts with physical and chemical host barriers, complement, inflammation and with innate and adaptive immunity. The development of the cells involved in immune responses is explained along with antigen processing and presentation as well as the effector mechanisms. You will also discuss treatment of clinical infections using drugs. Finally, how we can prevent infection through development of effective vaccines and appropriate immunisation strategies, based on epidemiological understanding, is considered. You will undertake is a programme of laboratory work covering the principles, practice and applications of a variety of techniques in microbiology, diagnosis of microbial infection and immunology.

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

Optional Enhancement Year

Modules

  • Professional Experience Sandwich Year

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final stage of the course introduces an ‘applied biology’ focus. The investigative project is applied in nature and you have the opportunity to apply your learning to a simulated case. You can also study a genetic identification module that applies molecular biology techniques previously encountered, to the identification of people (or other species in the case of wildlife crime).

Depending upon your year 2 module choice, you will continue to study either Physiology or Microbiology as well as having the flexibility to enhance your portfolio of understanding by choosing to study either Cancer Biology or Applied Human Genetics.

You will build on the professional skills developed including scientific communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, information retrieval, IT, data processing & presentation and career development. You are also encouraged to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development using these skills and knowledge.

As well as enhancing employability, the transferable skills programme is intended to prepare you for the development and delivery of your final year investigative project.

Modules

  • Research Design for Biological and Forensic Sciences

    This module aims to equip your with the skills necessary to design a piece of research in a specific area of Biological and Forensic Sciences. You will consider ethical issues associated with your research 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.

  • Independent Project in Biological and Forensic Sciences

    The aim of this module is to enable you to conduct a piece of investigative research, which may be laboratory or non-laboratory based, in a specialised area of Biological and Forensic Sciences. This module follows from Research Design and you implement your research proposals in this module. You are expected to demonstrate increasing independence, organisational and time management skills, technical skills and awareness of ethical and health and safety issues, all of which are required when working in the area.

  • Advanced Forensic Science

    This module is designed to enable 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. The module also addresses the principles of forensic quality and statistical (probabilistic) evaluation of evidence and the presentation of evidence to a criminal court.

  • 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. The application of RNA analysis in the determination of body fluid identity and in estimation of post mortem interval is also covered. 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.

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Clinical Physiology: Clinical Physiology is concerned with the application of physiological principles to explain the body's reaction and adaptation to disease, injury and stress. This module aims to enable you to critically analyse the diagnosis, management, and treatment of disorders affecting primary systems e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous. You will use a problem based learning approach to research and reorganise information relating to the pathophysiology of selected disorders, and present this in an informed manner.
    • Medical Microbiology: This Medical Microbiology module involves the study of interactions between microbes and hosts or communities during the course of human disease. You can consider the pathogenic mechanisms, related host responses, consequent stages in progression and human epidemiology of microbial infection.


    1 from the following:

    • Cancer Biology: This module enables you to explore cancer from a clinical, biological and epidemiological perspective, examining the cellular and genetic changes that occur during transformation and discussing how inherited susceptibilities can predispose individuals to develop certain cancers. It aims to investigate molecular methods for the early detection, monitoring and treatment of various cancers as well as preventative measures. 
    • Applied Human Genetics: In this module you can investigate human heredity, exploring both monogenetic and complex, multifactorial genetic conditions and their effect on human health, development and reproduction. It aims to demonstrate the genetic diversity that exists within human populations, the effects of such variation on susceptibility to both infectious and non-infectious diseases and how this information can be exploited in genetic screening, in diagnosis of disease and in therapeutic interventions. You will investigate the mathematical analysis of human populations and discuss the social and ethical implications of emerging genetic knowledge and its use in the medical arena.

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.

11th

We are ranked 11th for Career Prospects in Forensic Science - Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • Free student membership of The Chartered Society of Forensic Science for final year students.
  • Visits from experts working in the field: Former guest speakers have 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.
  • Based in new £37 million state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring largest Class II containment teaching lab in Europe; state-of-the-art analytical chemistry laboratory; video linked ‘crime-scene’ house.
  • Hands-on experience of a wide range of laboratory technique techniques such as gene amplification using PCR, gene sequencing, cell culture, flow cytometry, tissue staining, protein detection and bacterial growth in our modern, well-equipped laboratories.
  • Support applying for short and long-term placements in laboratory and industrial settings to gain the experience employers desire. Past students have taken secondary school students on field trips to the science museum in London and developed forensic science teaching resources.
  • Many of our staff professionally recognised as accredited Biomedical Scientists by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS); 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).
  • 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 provide 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.

Scene of crime outfit, laboratory coat and safety spectacles provided for use.

Our main study themes are:

  • Human Biology: Biology related to human beings, covering the disciplines of human: physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, immunology and oncology.

  • Forensic Science: 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.

  • Laboratory Competence: Generic and specialised skills in experimental biology, including experimentation and measurements on humans, anti-contamination and audit trail procedures, safety (eg. key laboratory skills and competencies, good laboratory practice) and ethical considerations.

  • Research Methods: Critical analysis, reflection, information searching and experimental design in the biological sciences. Data collection, analysis and presentation

This course is available as a full-time three-year or optional four-year sandwich course, the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field.
You will be required to present work based on your experiences during the sandwich year. Previous students have spent a year working as Forensic Intelligence Operators for Maryland Police in the USA.

We offer a range of practical classes, where you will undertake measurements made on human subjects, such as electrocardiograph measurements on fellow students, identification of genetic markers for predisposition to smoking or sleep patterns and identification of your own DNA profile. These deliver a logical acquisition and development of laboratory skills.

Progression through the Professional Skills modules develops knowledge and skills including scientific communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, information retrieval, IT, data processing and presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development through these modules.

Throughout the course, you will receive insight from the latest research and input from current practitioners. Recent sessions have included Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), interpretation of mixed DNA profiles and continuity and traceability in the forensic DNA lab.
Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, workshops, textbooks, module webs, journals (hard copies and electronic) within theory and laboratory-based modules.

Teaching methods include:<br> lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, workshops, textbooks, module webs, journals (hard copies and electronic) within theory and laboratory-based modules.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include court room assessment, 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 be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects and clinical applications of human physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, forensic science and analytical science.
  • Be proficient in a range of molecular, cell, tissue, physiological, microbiological and forensic laboratory and investigation techniques
  • Develop appropriate investigative and scientific protocols to address real-world problems involving human biology and forensic investigations.
  • Work safely in the laboratory, undertaking advanced laboratory-based investigations based on competence in techniques for physiological measurement, pharmacological assays, analytical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular physiology, microbiology and forensic processes.
  • Operate, lead and collaborate in a team in order to solve problems of a practical (experimental) nature and to provide appropriate solutions.
  • Apply appropriate presentation and evaluation tools to establish the significance of scientific data produced.

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: 6 hours of workshops/online tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of workshops or seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.
    In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 18 hours of self-directed study each week.

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

Our sandwich 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 Biological and Forensic Sciences course attracts many international students, particularly from Romania, Poland, Switzerland and the Middle East, providing a diverse learning experience. This enhances the discussion of issues such as genetic inheritance, criminal justice and biomedical interventions and provides all students with a global perspective of developments in both human biology and forensic science.

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.

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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

What our students say...

Coventry University is the place where interactive learning and practice combine together to give you the best student experience. The excellent facilities and the amazing tutors provides the best teaching environment  and you really feel part of the Coventry University team. My experience here has helped me to achieve my best, developing my skills and knowledge in a large number of fields.

Andrei-Florin Sandu (Level 2, Biological and Forensic Sciences)

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What our students say...

Coventry University is the place where interactive learning and practice combine together to give you the best student experience. The excellent facilities and the amazing tutors provides the best teaching environment  and you really feel part of the Coventry University team. My experience here has helped me to achieve my best, developing my skills and knowledge in a large number of fields.

Andrei-Florin Sandu (Level 2, Biological and Forensic Sciences)

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)


Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,300 (per year)


Scholarships and bursaries

There are a number of scholarships available to international students at Coventry University. EU students may be eligible for a transition bursary.

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.

Fees for this course also currently include: Student membership of the Forensic Society for third year students; Costs of any mandatory UK day visits; Laboratory coat and safety spectacles provided for use; Free copy of SPSS statistics software; Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children

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.

Reduced course fees for EU students

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students who are starting their course in September 2021 and onwards will be classified as an international student. To support our EU community who are affected by this change, Coventry University are providing an EU Member State Transition Bursary.

Students ordinarily domiciled in an EU Member State who prior to the 2021/22 academic intake qualified for UK fees (home fee status), are eligible for the EU Member State Transition Bursary. This will bring fee levels for those students across the Group into line with those of UK students for courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year.

Review more details on our EU Member State Transition Award/Bursary page.

What our students say...

Coventry University is the place where interactive learning and practice combine together to give you the best student experience. The excellent facilities and the amazing tutors provides the best teaching environment  and you really feel part of the Coventry University team. My experience here has helped me to achieve my best, developing my skills and knowledge in a large number of fields.

Andrei-Florin Sandu (Level 2, Biological and Forensic Sciences)

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.

This degree provides students with the opportunity to take up roles in private sector forensic laboratory service providers or as police Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs), although further training would be required, in the form of the CSI Learning Programme at the College of Policing, Harperley Hall. Alternatively, you could pursue roles in fraud, customs and excise or as private investigators.

The biological modules ensure that you can also access non-forensic careers, including pharmaceutical or food quality testing laboratories, medical and laboratory equipment sales and in more general scientific writing and/or teaching professions. This is an important element of our course design, as employment opportunities in forensics are limited and students need to be well prepared for a wide range of employment options.

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 Talent 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 secured posts in biology labs with companies such as The Binding Site and Severn Trent Water.

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.

What our students say...

Coventry University is the place where interactive learning and practice combine together to give you the best student experience. The excellent facilities and the amazing tutors provides the best teaching environment  and you really feel part of the Coventry University team. My experience here has helped me to achieve my best, developing my skills and knowledge in a large number of fields.

Andrei-Florin Sandu (Level 2, Biological and Forensic Sciences)
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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 2021/22 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.