University of Lincoln
Forensic Science BSc (Hons)
University of Lincoln

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in forensic and archaeological sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of forensic and archaeological sciences at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20000 £21000 £23000
25-75 percentile range £16000 - £21000 £17000 - £23500 £19000 - £27500

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

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.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Forensic Science, 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 Science BSc (Hons) at University of Lincoln

20% Sales occupations
15% Natural and social science professionals
15% Elementary occupations
10% Caring personal services
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Protective service occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

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. 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.

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

From a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications. To include 32 UCAS Tariff Points from A Level Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science or equivalent qualification.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

To include grade C from A Level Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science.

112 UCAS Tariff points to include 32 points from an Advanced Higher in Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science. A combination of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.

45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points, including 32 points from 15 credits in Biology or Chemistry

To include Higher Level Grade 4 in Biology or Chemistry.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Forensic Science accepted, depending on modules studied.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications. We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

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 Science, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Forensic Science BSc (Hons)

Channel Islands £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
International £15900 year 1

Additional fee information

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.

Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry. Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

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.

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 Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is a publicly funded research university in Lincoln, England. The main campus is close to Brayford Pool, a natural lake in the centre of the city of Lincoln. As an educational institution it puts an emphasis on the quality of its teaching, ensuring students arrive at their exams feeling as prepared as possible.

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Where is this programme taught

Lincoln Campus
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