Forensic Science

The world of forensics is ideal for those with an enquiring mind, a deep interest in science, and a curiosity about how and why things happen. Our students benefit from excellent facilities, including our dedicated crime scene house. Study follows a "crime scene to court" approach to forensic analysis. Our students develop invaluable skills that set them up for future careers in:

  • forensic science
  • analytical science
  • law enforcement (including the police and immigration); and
  • industrial and academic research.

Many students go on to further study, using their strong background in scientific investigation.

The development of practical skills is a key theme of our forensic science courses, and these have been designed with a strong core content of practical experience, in areas such as analytical, biological and physical science. Our forensics students will spend time learning how to process crime scene evidence in a laboratory environment.

Teaching is supported by external forensic practitioners and experts, and is carried out using a range of techniques, including formal lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, and investigation workshops in our crime scene house. We also run an annual program of guest lectures, with a strong forensic science theme. Our forensics courses are accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

We also offer students the opportunity to study abroad or to take a 12-month paid work placement. Placement opportunities exist within European organisations such as the Institute of Forensic Research, UK forensic and law enforcement agencies, and in commercial laboratories like Scott Bader. Completion of the placement year gives you an additional award of a Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

Whichever forensics degree you choose to study at Nottingham Trent University, you will develop a range of transferable skills that are highly desirable in a variety of professional contexts.

Forensics facilities

Students on our forensics courses benefit from excellent facilities, including:

Take a look at our forensics courses.

Any questions?

Dr Karen Moss
Head of Chemistry and Forensics
+44(0) 115 848 8063

Tape at a crime scene