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BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons)

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3 years School of Chemistry Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BCC (or equivalent qualifications) F410 3 years School of Chemistry Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BCC (or equivalent qualifications) F410

Introduction

Forensic scientists apply scientific expertise to provide impartial evidence in criminal investigations. They work not only in laboratories, but at crime scenes and in courtrooms. Their highly detailed work encompasses elements of chemistry and biology applied in areas such as toxicology, DNA analysis and trace evidence.

The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge required by forensic scientists to work in laboratories, at crime scenes and in courtrooms, in order to apply scientific expertise in criminal investigations.

This degree aims to develop skills and knowledge in a range of forensic science tasks, including crime scene investigation, physical evidence collection, sample analysis and defence of testimony. This academically challenging course combines a broad spectrum of subjects, including advanced chemical and biological analysis, forensic toxicology and crime scene management.

Accreditations

This programme has full accreditation from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, meaning students are eligible for membership.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This course is for those who have an interest in experimental science, have the curiosity to acquire scientific knowledge and wish to apply it to the investigation and analysis of evidence.

How You Study

Teaching methods include conventional lectures (which cover the core subject material) practical classes and field visits (which cover the technical and vocational skills of forensic science), these are supported by tutorials and seminars.

In years one and two, students are introduced to the principles of forensic science and crime scene investigation alongside key aspects of biology and analytical sciences. The final year offers students the chance to study specialist areas of forensic science and to develop their skills in the presentation of evidence.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Most modules on the course are assessed using a mixture of examinations and coursework.

Coursework includes practical reports, project work, oral presentations and written submissions.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

What We Look For In Your Application

We look for an appropriate background in science subjects together with evidence of motivation and flexibility.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Chemistry Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC, including grade C from A Level Biology or Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall, with Higher Level Grade 4 in Biology or Chemistry.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science/Forensic Science accepted, depending on modules studied: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Science subject accepted: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

We will also consider extensive, relevant work experience; please email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk with full details for further advice.

In addition, applicants must have at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English and Maths. Level 2 equivalent qualifications such as BTEC First Certificates and Level 2 Functional Skills will be considered.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Analytical Chemistry 1: Molecular Techniques (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop and understanding of the necessary basic theoretical and conceptual principles required in analytical chemistry. It offers a platform upon which students can build as they develop their analytical skills and understanding in later stages of their programme. Furthermore, students are encouraged to develop the practical skills necessary for all future analytical practical applications.

Anatomy and Physiology for Forensic Science (Core)

This module aims to provide the necessary background in anatomy and physiology to understand the structure and functions of the human body and its associated organs. The module aims to promote an introductory understanding of human physiology relevant to forensic and investigative sciences and provide a basic knowledge of human anatomy and the development of teeth.

Cell Biology (Core)

This module aims to provide an introduction to the structure, composition and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. From this basis the module considers cell specialisation and division and an introduction to microscopy, histological and microbiological techniques which may be used to safely examine and identify cells and tissues.

Crime Scene Investigation (Core)

This module is concerned with the skills required to protect, record, process and interpret a crime scene, with a focus on volume crime. Emphasis is placed on the role of crime scene investigation in the ‘forensic process’. The process of crime scene investigation is examined from scene preservation and recording (e.g. sketches and photography) to evidence recovery, packaging and documentation. The need for avoidance of contamination of the crime scene and for the subsequent continuity and integrity of the recovered evidence form an integral component of the module.

Genetics (Core)

This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to genetics by discussing the development of genetics as a field of science, from molecular genetics through Mendelian genetics, to genetics at the population level. Students have previously studied cell biology and biochemistry, and this knowledge is built on in order to consider the replication, maintenance and expression of the genome. This module aims to provide the knowledge necessary to study applications of molecular biology at a higher level.

Integrative Biochemistry (Core)

This module is designed to provide a foundation to develop an understanding and appreciation of biochemistry in the context life processes. This module will focus on basic biochemical principles and introduce the fundamental building blocks of life with the inclusion of concepts relating to the structure and functional properties of biological molecules. The importance of cellular and molecular pathways will be covered with a view of highlighting key metabolic pathways required to sustain cellular functions. Basic concepts of biochemical signalling pathways will also be introduced.

Professional Practice 1.1: Crime Scene to Court (Core)

This module introduces students to the forensic process (crime scene to court) and professional practice in forensic science. This is put into the context of the legal system of England and Wales and the requirements and expectations of forensic science, those that work in the field and the expert witness. The module aims to develops fundamental skills in mathematics and IT which will underpin other modules within their programme. The module will also look to develop transferable skills including knowledge of health and safety.

Professional Practice 1.2: Forensic Laboratory Analysis (Core)

This module will explain the process of forensic practice within the laboratory, including areas such as chain of custody, contemporaneous note taking, standard operating procedures and quality control. The module is therefore built around the principle that high quality forensic scientific evidence is not only about employing sound scientific methodology but is also dependent on the rigour of the procedures employed and the accurate reporting of results. It will also look to develop a range of transferable skills relating to scientific literature retrieval, understanding, and presentation, and allow students to further develop their mathematical and statistical skills.

Level 2

Advanced Crime Scene Investigation (Core)

This module builds on the Crime Scene Investigation module and focuses on the application of advanced techniques for the detection, recovery, analysis and interpretation of a wide range of evidence found at a crime scene. Students can further develop their understanding of the role and responsibilities of the crime scene manager and the investigation of complex crime scenes, including key specialists and agencies to be involved. Within this context students will look at the need to follow ISO accredited procedures and the latest up to date working practices within crime scene investigation. As part of the module students are expected to undertake the examination of a complex crime scene.

Analytical Chemistry 2.1: Separation Techniques (Core)

This module is designed to provide students with the underpinning knowledge related to the analytical process, which is later applied to further modules in the programme. Secondly, it introduces the theoretical principles, instrumentation, automation and application of the principal separation techniques. Thirdly, it presents an essential suite of analytical tools utilised for inorganic analyses and speciation.

Analytical Chemistry 2.2: Structural Techniques (Core)

This module covers the most advanced techniques in analytical chemistry and their use, focusing on category A techniques providing structural information and as such utilised for unequivocable identification. To emphasise this analytical aspect, the module also introduces students to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development and associated experimental planning as well as advanced validation strategies. The aim of the module is to provide students with advanced knowledge required to support level 3 modules, and to develop the practical skills and independent thinking necessary for all future practical applications.

Human Identification (Core)

This module is designed to introduce students to the methods used in Human Identification. Students will be introduced to forensic anthropology before embarking on an intense series of lectures and practical sessions covering the methods used to estimate a biological profile; sex, ancestry, age and stature estimation. Investigative procedures in a case of a missing person will also be discussed and the role of various experts involved including Forensic Pathology and Odontology. Other considerations will be given to human remains exposed to fire and how this affects human identification. This module will also introduce students to the use of DNA in a human identification context. This module will culminate in students producing their own biological profile of a human skeleton for identification purposes

Molecular Biology (Core)

Molecular biology is of critical importance when understanding biological systems. This module is designed to provide students with an insight into the techniques used and applied by molecular biologists in a number of specific contexts.

Professional Practice 2.1: Scientific Experimental Design (Core)

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of scientific method, the principles of experimental design and methods of collection of quantitative and qualitative data. The module will allow students the opportunity to critically assess published work with regard to design of experiment and analysis of data. Continuing from level 1 professional practice modules, students’ mathematics, statistics and IT skills can be further developed.

Professional Practice 2.2: Quality Assurance and Regulation (Core)

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of regulation and quality assurance in forensic science and the role of the Forensic Regulator in this – key concepts in modern forensic science. Students can be introduced to method validation building on the underpinning statistical tools learnt in the previous professional practice modules. Students can also develop skills in the retrieval, critical review and communication of scientific literature and other published work.

Trace Evidence (Core)

This module is designed to develop an understanding of the importance of trace materials, such as hair, fibres, glass and latent fingermarks, as evidence, their detection, recovery, analysis and the interpretation of results gained from these. The issues of transfer and persistence of such materials is also highlighted and the need to consider this throughout the above processes. Students are introduced to a range of microscopy and analytical techniques relevant to the analysis of trace evidence.

Level 3

Drugs of Abuse and Forensic Toxicology (Core)

This module provides a context for the chemical, physiological and analytical content introduced at levels 1 and 2. It deciphers the complex and dynamic world context of Drugs of Abuse and intrinsic challenges faced by analytical chemists. It also covers the legislation of controlled substances and chemical precursors as well as the different classes of drugs. Additionally, the synthesis of illicit drugs will be explored to gain an understanding of how this knowledge can be used in drug profiling.

The module also covers the ante and post-mortem toxicology of drugs, relates dose to physiological effect as well as consider appropriate samples and analytical strategies used in forensic toxicology. Supporting and illustrating these concepts, students can undertake the role of an analytical chemist in investigative practical activities which will cover best practice in Drug of Abuse and Toxicology laboratory analyses.

Fire, Explosives and Nuclear Forensics (Core)

This module introduces the chemistry and physics of fire and explosives and considers the investigation of fire and explosion scenes with an emphasis on arson and the use of improvised explosive devices. The challenges of evidence recovery, laboratory examination and chemical analysis are covered. This module also considers the various aspects of nuclear terrorism, in the context of global security. The underpinning science and the forensic investigation of
nuclear materials for intelligence building is discussed.

Forensic Application of Biological Specialisms (Core)

This module aims to apply the knowledge gained in previous modules to the forensic analysis of biological materials and molecules of biological origin. Particular specialised fields of application will be treated in depth to allow understanding of how biological expertise may be used in the forensic arena. Research relevant to the development of these applications will be considered.

The module aims specifically to develop an understanding in three major areas:

  • Advanced DNA analysis for the verification of the nature and origin of foodstuffs; advanced DNA profiling in challenging material in the context of human population biology
  • Forensic microbiology including the role of microbes in post-mortem processes and microbial profiling
  • Mass Disaster and the identification of individuals and analysis of mass graves, the behaviour of tissues in violent trauma related to their mechanical properties, the presentation of DNA evidence and its ethical implications; implications of hazardous organisms and products of organisms.

Overseas Field Course (Forensic) (Option)

The overseas field course will give students the opportunity to experience first hand the work of the forensic scientist within an international context. The module is designed to introduce students to laboratory and field work within an international context and for students to gain a global perspective of forensic science. Students can also familiarise themselves with the professional skills required to carry out this type of work.

Professional Practice 3: Presentation of Evidence (Core)

This module looks at the final stage of the forensic process and the presentation of evidence. The module will consider best practice in presenting evidence in visual and oral forms including mock courts. This module also aims to develop students' project planning and independent learning skills to enable them to devise a research project, drawing on the skills they have developed throughout the programme. Students can look at developing their capacity for the critical appraisal of scientific literature, to construct research aims and objectives and how to plan an appropriate programme of research for the area under investigation. Research governance will also be examined including research ethics, COSHH and risk assessments and their importance in order to safely and appropriately carry out a programme of research. Students will also have the opportunity to further develop their skills in the use of IT for presentation.

Public Understanding of Forensic Science (Option)

This module provides students with an opportunity to put into practice the techniques they have learned regarding project management, literature review, data collection and analysis and reporting, with a focus on the public understanding of forensic science. Students can work in groups to identify a technique that is frequently used within forensic investigations, but is also known to the general public. Examples could include DNA fingerprinting, fingermark analysis, gunshot residue, fire debris analysis or analysis of drugs.

Once the technique has been identified, the group will, through critical analysis of the literature, work to build a comprehensive understanding of the history of the technique, its current use, benefits and drawbacks, its place within forensic regulations and the current legal framework. With a strong understanding of the scientific background, students are expected to then design a survey to gauge public awareness and understanding of the technique. Students can then design a tool that will aim to increase understanding of the forensic technique, and evaluate its efficacy using a follow-up survey with the same groups of participants.

Research Project (Core)

In this module, students can undertake an independent programme of research under supervision from a member of staff. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate original and critical thought, as well as to build practical and project-management skills.

A wide range of subject expertise exists within the School, and students are expected to select a project that is relevant to their programme of study. Under the guidance of a supervisor, students will review the literature, identify a hypothesis or hypotheses and design a programme of research to test these. They will be expected to manage the project, which will include obtaining relevant ethical approval and conducting a risk assessment.

They should collect and analyse data, recording their activities in a notebook. We currently offer projects in the laboratory or field, projects that involve mathematical modelling, systematic reviews or meta-analysis of pre-collected data. Students may work individually or in groups addressing similar questions, but must write up individually. The findings of the research will be written up in the format of a scientific paper following closely the style of a key journal relevant to their area of study, or as a thesis, and will also be presented orally.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

The philosophy of the School of Chemistry is to combine fundamental research with a strong focus on industry relevance. From your first week, our programme provides a hands-on approach. This initiative, at the centre of our teaching and learning, provides students with the chance to develop the professional skills required for their future career. The theoretical basis of forensic science is twinned with practical laboratory experience, whilst we also develop key industry skills including communication, problem solving and project management.

Our academic community provides a supportive and nurturing teaching environment. There is close interdepartmental collaboration with scientists in the other Schools within the College of Science, including Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Engineering. As a student here, you will have the opportunity to engage in real research and professional problem solving. Our research informs our teaching right from the start of your programme to enhance your learning experience.

Links with Industry

The School has close working relationships with police forces around the country. We have links with private sector forensic science providers and consultants who contribute to the course and inform the curriculum.

Included in your fees

Specialist materials that are required for laboratory practicals are paid for by the school, these include: laboratory coat, safety glasses and laboratory notebook.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

Our £14 million Science and Innovation Park and our purpose-built Science Building provide specialist laboratories with industry-standard equipment for your learning and research.

A 'scene of crime' house provides opportunities to practise your investigative skills. Rooms can be configured to mimic a range of domestic incidents, including burglaries and drugs raids, which students analyse while being assessed by academics via CCTV.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may go on to roles in law enforcement organisations, including police forces, customs and excise, environmental health, private sector investigatory agencies, in laboratories in the forensic, pharmaceutical and food sectors, due to their high-level practical and analytical skills.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

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Introduction

Forensic scientists apply scientific expertise to provide impartial evidence in criminal investigations. They work not only in laboratories, but at crime scenes and in courtrooms. Their highly detailed work encompasses elements of chemistry and biology applied in areas such as toxicology, DNA analysis and trace evidence.

The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge required by forensic scientists to work in laboratories, at crime scenes and in courtrooms, in order to apply scientific expertise in criminal investigations.

This degree aims to develop skills and knowledge in a range of forensic science tasks, including crime scene investigation, physical evidence collection, sample analysis and defence of testimony. This academically challenging course combines a broad spectrum of subjects, including advanced chemical and biological analysis, forensic toxicology and crime scene management.

Accreditations

This programme has full accreditation from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, meaning students are eligible for membership.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This course is for those who have an interest in experimental science, have the curiosity to acquire scientific knowledge and wish to apply it to the investigation and analysis of evidence.

How You Study

Teaching methods include conventional lectures (which cover the core subject material), practical classes and field visits (which cover the technical and vocational skills of forensic science). These are supported by tutorials and seminars.

In years one and two, students are introduced to the principles of forensic science and crime scene investigation alongside key aspects of biology and analytical sciences. The final year offers students the chance to study specialist areas of forensic science and to develop their skills in the presentation of evidence.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Most modules on the course are assessed using a mixture of examinations and coursework.

Coursework includes practical reports, project work, oral presentations and written submissions.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

What We Look For In Your Application

We look for an appropriate background in science subjects together with evidence of motivation and flexibility.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Chemistry Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2018-19

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC, including grade C from A Level Biology or Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall, with Higher Level Grade 4 in Biology or Chemistry.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science/Forensic Science accepted, depending on modules studied: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Science subject accepted: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits to include 30 at merit or above will be required.

We will also consider extensive, relevant work experience; please email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk with full details for further advice.

In addition, applicants must have at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English and Maths. Level 2 equivalent qualifications such as BTEC First Certificates and Level 2 Functional Skills will be considered.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Analytical Chemistry 1: Molecular Techniques (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop and understanding of the necessary basic theoretical and conceptual principles required in analytical chemistry. It offers a platform upon which students can build as they develop their analytical skills and understanding in later stages of their programme. Furthermore, students are encouraged to develop the practical skills necessary for all future analytical practical applications.

Anatomy and Physiology for Forensic Science (Core)

This module aims to provide the necessary background in anatomy and physiology to understand the structure and functions of the human body and its associated organs. The module aims to promote an introductory understanding of human physiology relevant to forensic and investigative sciences and provide a basic knowledge of human anatomy and the development of teeth.

Cell Biology (Core)

This module aims to provide an introduction to the structure, composition and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. From this basis the module considers cell specialisation and division and an introduction to microscopy, histological and microbiological techniques which may be used to safely examine and identify cells and tissues.

Crime Scene Investigation (Core)

This module is concerned with the skills required to protect, record, process and interpret a crime scene. Emphasis is placed on the role of crime scene investigation in the ‘forensic process’. The process of crime scene investigation is examined from scene preservation and recording (e.g. sketches and photography) to evidence recovery, packaging and documentation. The need for avoidance of contamination of the crime scene and for the subsequent continuity and integrity of the recovered evidence form an integral component of the module.

Genetics (Core)

This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to genetics by discussing the development of genetics as a field of science, from molecular genetics through Mendelian genetics, to genetics at the population level. Students have previously studied cell biology and biochemistry, and this knowledge is built on in order to consider the replication, maintenance and expression of the genome. This module aims to provide the knowledge necessary to study applications of molecular biology at a higher level.

Integrative Biochemistry (Core)

This module is designed to provide a foundation to develop an understanding and appreciation of biochemistry in the context life processes. The module will focus on basic biochemical principles and introduce the fundamental building blocks of life with the inclusion of concepts relating to the structure and functional properties of biological molecules. The importance of cellular and molecular pathways will be covered with a view of highlighting key metabolic pathways required to sustain cellular functions. Basic concepts of biochemical signalling pathways will also be introduced.

Professional Practice 1.1: Crime Scene to Court (Core)

This module introduces students to the forensic process (crime scene to court) and professional practice in forensic science. This is put into the context of the legal system of England and Wales and the requirements and expectations of forensic science, those that work in the field and the expert witness. The module aims to develops fundamental skills in mathematics and IT which will underpin other modules within their programme. The module will also look to develop transferable skills including knowledge of health and safety.

Professional Practice 1.2: Forensic Laboratory Analysis (Core)

This module will explain the process of forensic practice within the laboratory, including areas such as chain of custody, contemporaneous note taking, standard operating procedures and quality control. The module is therefore built around the principle that high quality forensic scientific evidence is not only about employing sound scientific methodology but is also dependent on the rigour of the procedures employed and the accurate reporting of results. It will also look to develop a range of transferable skills relating to scientific literature retrieval, understanding, and presentation, and allow students to further develop their mathematical and statistical skills.

Level 2

Advanced Crime Scene Investigation (Core)

This module builds on the Crime Scene Investigation module and focuses on the application of advanced techniques for the detection, recovery, analysis and interpretation of a wide range of evidence found at a crime scene. Students can further develop their understanding of the role and responsibilities of the crime scene manager and the investigation of complex crime scenes, including key specialists and agencies to be involved. Within this context students will look at the need to follow ISO accredited procedures and the latest up to date working practices within crime scene investigation. As part of the module students are expected to undertake the examination of a complex crime scene.

Analytical Chemistry 2.1: Separation Techniques (Core)

This module is designed to provide students with the underpinning knowledge related to the analytical process, which is later applied to further modules in the programme. Secondly, it introduces the theoretical principles, instrumentation, automation and application of the principal separation techniques. Thirdly, it presents an essential suite of analytical tools utilised for inorganic analyses and speciation.

Analytical Chemistry 2.2: Structural Techniques (Core)

This module covers the most advanced techniques in analytical chemistry and their use, focusing on category A techniques providing structural information and as such utilised for unequivocable identification. To emphasise this analytical aspect, the module also introduces students to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development and associated experimental planning as well as advanced validation strategies. The aim of the module is to provide students with advanced knowledge required to support level 3 modules, and to develop the practical skills and independent thinking necessary for all future practical applications.

Human Identification (Core)

This module is designed to introduce students to the methods used in Human Identification. Students will be introduced to forensic anthropology before embarking on an intense series of lectures and practical sessions covering the methods used to estimate a biological profile; sex, ancestry, age and stature estimation. Investigative procedures in a case of a missing person will also be discussed and the role of various experts involved including Forensic Pathology and Odontology. Other considerations will be given to human remains exposed to fire and how this affects human identification. This module will also introduce students to the use of DNA in a human identification context. This module will culminate in students producing their own biological profile of a human skeleton for identification purposes

Molecular Biology (Core)

Molecular biology is of critical importance when understanding biological systems. This module is designed to provide students with an insight into the techniques used and applied by molecular biologists in a number of specific contexts.

Professional Practice 2.1: Scientific Experimental Design (Core)

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of scientific method, the principles of experimental design and methods of collection of quantitative and qualitative data. The module will allow students the opportunity to critically assess published work with regard to design of experiment and analysis of data. Continuing from level 1 professional practice modules, students’ mathematics, statistics and IT skills can be further developed.

Professional Practice 2.2: Quality Assurance and Regulation (Core)

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of regulation and quality assurance in forensic science and the role of the Forensic Regulator in this – key concepts in modern forensic science. Students can be introduced to method validation building on the underpinning statistical tools learnt in the previous professional practice modules. Students can also develop skills in the retrieval, critical review and communication of scientific literature and other published work.

Trace Evidence (Core)

This module is designed to develop an understanding of the importance of trace materials, such as hair, fibres, glass and latent fingerprints, as evidence, their detection, recovery, analysis and the interpretation of results gained from these. The issues of transfer and persistence of such materials is also highlighted and the need to consider this throughout the above processes.

Students will have the opportunity to be introduced to microscopy and analytical procedures and techniques relevant to the analysis of trace evidence.

Level 3

Drugs of Abuse and Forensic Toxicology (Core)

This module provides a context for the chemical, physiological and analytical content introduced at levels 1 and 2. It deciphers the complex and dynamic world context of Drugs of Abuse and intrinsic challenges faced by analytical chemists. It also covers the legislation of controlled substances and chemical precursors as well as the different classes of drugs. Additionally, the synthesis of illicit drugs will be explored to gain an understanding of how this knowledge can be used in drug profiling.

The module also covers the ante and post-mortem toxicology of drugs, relates dose to physiological effect as well as consider appropriate samples and analytical strategies used in forensic toxicology. Supporting and illustrating these concepts, students can undertake the role of an analytical chemist in investigative practical activities which will cover best practice in Drug of Abuse and Toxicology laboratory analyses.

Fire, Explosives and Nuclear Forensics (Core)

This module introduces the chemistry and physics of fire and explosives and considers the investigation of fire and explosion scenes with an emphasis on arson and the use of improvised explosive devices. The challenges of evidence recovery, laboratory examination and chemical analysis are covered. This module also considers the various aspects of nuclear terrorism, in the context of global security. The underpinning science and the forensic investigation of nuclear materials for intelligence building is discussed.

Forensic Application of Biological Specialisms (Core)

This module aims to apply the knowledge gained in previous modules to the forensic analysis of biological materials and molecules of biological origin. Particular specialised fields of application will be treated in depth to allow understanding of how biological expertise may be used in the forensic arena. Research relevant to the development of these applications will be considered.

The module aims specifically to develop an understanding in three major areas:

  • Advanced DNA analysis for the verification of the nature and origin of foodstuffs; advanced DNA profiling in challenging material in the context of human population biology
  • Forensic microbiology including the role of microbes in post-mortem processes and microbial profiling
  • Mass Disaster and the identification of individuals and analysis of mass graves, the behaviour of tissues in violent trauma related to their mechanical properties, the presentation of DNA evidence and its ethical implications; implications of hazardous organisms and products of organisms.

Overseas Field Course (Forensic) (Option)

This module aims to apply the knowledge gained in previous modules to the forensic analysis of biological materials and molecules of biological origin. Particular specialised fields of application will be treated in depth to allow understanding of how biological expertise may be used in the forensic arena. Research relevant to the development of these applications will be considered.

The module aims specifically to develop an understanding in three major areas:

  • Advanced DNA analysis for the verification of the nature and origin of foodstuffs; advanced DNA profiling in challenging material in the context of human population biology
  • Forensic microbiology including the role of microbes in post-mortem processes and microbial profiling
  • Mass Disaster and the identification of individuals and analysis of mass graves, the behaviour of tissues in violent trauma related to their mechanical properties, the presentation of DNA evidence and its ethical implications; implications of hazardous organisms and products of organisms.

Professional Practice 3: Presentation of Evidence (Core)

This module looks at the final stage of the forensic process and the presentation of evidence. The module will consider best practice in presenting evidence in visual and oral forms including mock courts. This module also aims to develop students' project planning and independent learning skills to enable them to devise a research project, drawing on the skills they have developed throughout the programme. Students can look at developing their capacity for the critical appraisal of scientific literature, to construct research aims and objectives and how to plan an appropriate programme of research for the area under investigation. Research governance will also be examined including research ethics, COSHH and risk assessments and their importance in order to safely and appropriately carry out a programme of research. Students will also have the opportunity to further develop their skills in the use of IT for presentation.

Public Understanding of Forensic Science (Option)

This module provides students with an opportunity to put into practice the techniques they have learned regarding project management, literature review, data collection and analysis and reporting, with a focus on the public understanding of forensic science. Students can work in groups to identify a technique that is frequently used within forensic investigations, but is also known to the general public. Examples could include DNA fingerprinting, fingermark analysis, gunshot residue, fire debris analysis or analysis of drugs.

Once the technique has been identified, the group will, through critical analysis of the literature, work to build a comprehensive understanding of the history of the technique, its current use, benefits and drawbacks, its place within forensic regulations and the current legal framework. With a strong understanding of the scientific background, students are expected to then design a survey to gauge public awareness and understanding of the technique. Students can then design a tool that will aim to increase understanding of the forensic technique, and evaluate its efficacy using a follow-up survey with the same groups of participants.

Research Project (Core)

In this module, students can undertake an independent programme of research under supervision from a member of staff. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate original and critical thought, as well as to build practical and project-management skills.

A wide range of subject expertise exists within the School, and students are expected to select a project that is relevant to their programme of study. Under the guidance of a supervisor, students will review the literature, identify a hypothesis or hypotheses and design a programme of research to test these. They will be expected to manage the project, which will include obtaining relevant ethical approval and conducting a risk assessment.

They should collect and analyse data, recording their activities in a notebook. We currently offer projects in the laboratory or field, projects that involve mathematical modelling, systematic reviews or meta-analysis of pre-collected data. Students may work individually or in groups addressing similar questions, but must write up individually. The findings of the research will be written up in the format of a scientific paper following closely the style of a key journal relevant to their area of study, or as a thesis, and will also be presented orally.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

The philosophy of the School of Chemistry is to combine fundamental research with a strong focus on industry relevance. From your first week, our programme provides a hands-on approach. This initiative, at the centre of our teaching and learning, provides students with the chance to develop the professional skills required for their future career. The theoretical basis of forensic science is twinned with practical laboratory experience, whilst we also develop key industry skills including communication, problem solving and project management.

Our academic community provides a supportive and nurturing teaching environment. There is close interdepartmental collaboration with scientists in the other Schools within the College of Science, including Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Engineering. As a student here, you will have the opportunity to engage in real research and professional problem solving. Our research informs our teaching right from the start of your programme to enhance your learning experience.

Links with Industry

The School has close working relationships with police forces around the country. We have links with private sector forensic science providers and consultants who contribute to the course and inform the curriculum.

Included in your fees

Specialist materials that are required for laboratory practicals are paid for by the school, these include: laboratory coat, safety glasses and laboratory notebook.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

Our £14 million Science and Innovation Park and our purpose-built Science Building provide specialist laboratories with industry-standard equipment for your learning and research.

A 'scene of crime' house provides opportunities to practise your investigative skills. Rooms can be configured to mimic a range of domestic incidents, including burglaries and drugs raids, which students analyse while being assessed by academics via CCTV.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may go on to roles in law enforcement organisations, including police forces, customs and excise, environmental health, private sector investigatory agencies, in laboratories in the forensic, pharmaceutical and food sectors, due to their high-level practical and analytical skills.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

Chemistry plays a key role in tackling global challenges such as energy production, health and wellbeing, food security and the use of natural resources. The programme aims to develop the analytical and practical skills required to prepare students for a wide range of science-related careers.
Chemistry plays a key role in tackling global challenges such as energy production, health and wellbeing, food security and the use of natural resources. The analytical and practical skills that can be developed on this course will aim to prepare students for a wide range of science-related careers.
Lincoln’s Criminology degree is designed to enable students to develop and apply an understanding of the complex nature of crime, punishment and justice. Alternative solutions to crime prevention are examined, and the impact of crime on society is investigated.
Forensic chemistry is the application of scientific knowledge and investigation to law enforcement. From identifying substances to analysing crime scenes, the skills of a forensic chemist often play a vital role in criminal investigations.
Forensic chemistry is the application of scientific knowledge and investigation to law enforcement. From identifying substances to analysing crime scenes, the skills of a forensic chemist often play a vital role in criminal investigations.
The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Forensic Psychology degree at Lincoln aims to provide students with a level of specialised knowledge in Forensic Psychology, as well as an understanding of key concepts and practices in Psychology in general.

Tuition Fees

2017/18 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2018/19 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions]