Kingston University London offers Forensic Science BSc (Hons)

Kingston University London offers three-year full-time degree course, Forensic Science B.Sc. (Hons), a four-year full time including foundation year and six years part-time course.

What you will be studying?

The first-year offers a broad understanding of the significant branches of biology and biochemistry. You will develop essential laboratory skills, and learn to give detailed scientific explanations for the theory and practices used in modern forensic science. The Introduction to Forensic Science module provides an overview of types of forensic evidence, such as human bones, insects, drugs, toxicology and poisons. IT, numeracy and study skills will be taught as part of these modules.

The second year introduces specialist topics in forensic biology. These include DNA and human identification, crime-scene processing, application of analytical techniques to the analysis of evidence, counterfeits and forgeries. You will also be introduced to criminal law, including the cross-examination of expert witness testimony and opinion in a mock courtroom setting.

The third-year studies the analysis of body fluids, drugs, fibres, fire and ballistics. You can tailor your studies through option modules in Advanced Analytical Techniques or Forensic Archaeology. Those studying the single honours route will also undertake an independent research project.

Entry requirements for 2018

Points: minimum 104/112, depending on qualifications, and on joint honours combination

Units: to include two A-levels or equivalent


  • A-levels 104 points. Subjects: one A-level or equivalent required in Biology, Chemistry or Science (32 points); two science A-levels desirable; General Studies not accepted. BTEC in appropriate subjects accepted (112 points).
  • Plus GCSE A*–C (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE gradings): five subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
  • Tariff points for AS levels completed but not carried forward to A2 level are included in points total.

Other entry routes 

  • Science foundation year
  • We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the standard offer. Applications from international students with equal skills are welcome. Please contact us for details.


The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a ‘Home’ (UK or EU), ‘Islands’ or ‘International’ student. In 2017/18 the fees for this course are:

Fee category     Amount

Home (UK and EU students)       £9,250 *

International      Year 1 (2017/18): £13,400

Year 2 (2018/19): £13,800

Year 3 (2019/20): £14,200

Islands (the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £6,165 in 2017/18. The costs shown above apply for year 1 of the degree from 2017/18 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Career option

The University also offers you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include placements, working or studying abroad, volunteering, peer monitoring roles and internship opportunities within and outside the University.

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