BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Forensic Science

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Program description

Chemistry with Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary course involving forensic science, chemistry and biochemistry, as well as toxicology, psychology, pharmacology and pathology. It also provides practical and communication skills.

The four-year course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and its main strengths include:

  • Competitive skills and employability
  • Excellent student experience
  • Practical experience
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Research-oriented teaching and innovation
  • Presentation and communication skills.

Forensic modules have practical examinations and the final year includes a research project in chemical, forensic or related sciences using state-of-the-art facilities.

Why choose this course

Our recognised expertise in key areas of forensic science (forensic psychology, forensic and legal medicine, genetics) combined with strengths in chemical, biological and analytical science, will provide you with a unique and stimulating interdisciplinary course. In addition, you will earn a comprehensive chemistry degree.

Skills and career information

The course offers you a unique combination of skills in chemistry, biochemistry and forensic science related disciplines.

Transferable skills for our graduates include problem solving, science communication, time management and teamwork.

The types of jobs our graduates get include:

  • Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Laboratory technician or manager 

The types of companies our students work for include:

  • Chemical industry and R&D
  • Forensic laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical and other chemistry-related industries
  • Quality control and quality assurance laboratories

Program Structure

  • Introduction to biochemistry and the biological basis of disease. 
  • Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution 
  • Physiology and structure of plants and animals 
  • Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 1 
  • Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 2a 
  • Calculus for Science Part 1 
  • Calculus for Science Part 2 
  • Microbiology in society 
  • Physics for Biological and Chemical Sciences 
  • Biomolecules
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Current perspectives in genetics
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Major group and transition element chemistry
  • Energetics and Kinetics
  • States of matter
  • Structures and reactions of the main group compounds
  • Aromatics, Carbonyls and Alkenes
  • Spectroscopy
  • Structure, bonding and quantum mechanics 
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Synthesis, structure and reactivity of organic compounds

Students who have passed year 3 may opt to receive a regular bachelor’s degree instead of moving on to year 4.

  • Forensic Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Legal and Forensic Medicine
  • Research project
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Lasers, photochemistry and spectroscopy
  • Interfaces, microscopy and modelling
  • Advanced Organic Synthesis, Biosynthesis and Reactivity
  • Advanced Forensic Science Methods
  • Advanced analytical chemistry

Admission requirements

  • Minimum requirement 1 x H4, 1 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Mathematics and laboratory science courses required.
  • In the case of international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, a degree officially translated into English will be required.
  •  IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or internationally recognised equivalent).


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