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Biological and Forensic Science (with Placement Year)
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Biological and Forensic Science (with Placement Year)

Coventry University
Coventry, Great Britain
 1110 Points
4 Years

Program Description

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.

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.

Entry Requirements

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High School Diploma (or equivalent)
IB Diploma
English Level
A levels

More requirements:

  • Academic transcripts

Other accepted qualifications:

  • BTEC: DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biological Science subject

Other accepted English qualifications and information:

  • SELT
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.


Year 1

Human Physiology in Health and Disease

Biochemistry and Microbiology

Cell and Molecular Biology

Essential Forensic Science

Skills for Forensic Sciences 1 and 2

Year 2

Molecular Genetics

Cell Biology

Principles of Forensic Science

Contemporary Skills for Forensic Sciences 1 and 2

Research Skills for Forensic Sciences

Optional modules

Placement Year

Professional Experience Placement Year

Year 4

Research Design for Biological and Forensic Sciences

Independent Project in Biological and Forensic Sciences

Advanced Forensic Science

Forensic Identification

Optional modules


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.


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