University of Chester
Forensic Biology BSc (Hons)
University of Chester

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of forensic and archaeological sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21025 £22394 £25260
25-75 percentile range £18043 - £24555 £17766 - £26526 £20398 - £30716

Course Description

A combination of forensic aspects with a thorough grounding in the traditional science of biology, in particular the molecular biology techniques and DNA profiling. The techniques learnt are transferable to other biological disciplines and provide a solid foundation for anyone wanting to study further. Teaching takes place at the Parkgate Road Campus.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Forensic Biology, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Forensic Biology BSc (Hons) at University of Chester

25% Natural and social science professionals
25% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
15% Elementary occupations
10% Administrative occupations
10% Caring personal services
10% Teaching Professionals
10% Sales occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessments are designed to challenge and encourage both your academic skills and skills valid in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and end-of-module examinations. Coursework includes essays and reports, data processing and oral presentations.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels. Typical offer - BCC/BBC The department requires one of the following subjects as essential for entry: GCE A Level: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Science GCE Applied A Level: Applied Science

BBBB including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology

Access to HE (Science) Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit

26 points including 5 in Biology or Chemistry

BTEC Extended Diploma (Applied Science): DMM

One of these should include Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology

Please note that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Forensic Biology, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Forensic Biology BSc (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

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About University of Chester

The University of Chester, as the name suggests, is a university located in Chester. The university is formally affiliated with the Christian faith, but they make it clear in their mission statement that students of all faiths or no faith at all are welcome at their university. Chester operates from a total of six campuses, five of which are in Chester, the other in Warrington, with the main campus building being known as Parkgate Road Campus.

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Where is this programme taught

Chester Parkgate Road/Kingsway/Riverside/Queen's Park Campus
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