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BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation


Forensic Investigators produce evidence that can be used in a court of law. This programme will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on experience of scientific methods for the investigation and solving of crimes.

GCU has recently invested more than £1.5 million to create state-of-the-art chemistry and biology laboratories where students gain invaluable practical experience in using modern instruments, such as a DNA analyser, ultra powerful microscopes and mass spectrometers.

This programme provides you with a firm grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of the chemical and biological sciences, with forensic staff consultancy casework discussed throughout. You will have the opportunity to spend up to a year at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the USA.

Quick Facts

Duration: 3-4 years (full-time)
Starting Date: September
Tuition Fee: £11,500 / year (intl. students)
Location: Glasgow, UK

Graduates can be accepted as Associated Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), which is a step towards chartered chemist status.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have gone on to work in the chemical and biochemical analysis sectors, the environmental forensic area, forensic science, the police, food safety, teaching, pharmaceuticals and the oil and gas industry.

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GCU’s Forensic Investigation degree provides our industry with exactly what we need to compete in this very demanding and specialist industry.

Edward Bums,

Site Chemist, Hunterston A Site. Magnox

Course Contents

  • Chemistry
  • Human Biology
  • Physics, Maths & Stats
  • Scots Law
  • Introduction to Forensic Investigation
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Civil & Criminal Procedure

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