BA (Hons) Forensic Studies

The Forensic Studies course combines elements of Criminology, Psychology and Archaeology to introduce students to a wide range of applied investigative techniques.

BA (Hons) Forensic Studies at University of Winchester

Forensic Studies at Winchester enables students to engage with the key issues surrounding forensic detection methods and their application to a wide range of investigations into the problems presented by crime.

Fact File


UCAS code: F410

Typical offer: 280-320

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Degree duration: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing).

Course Enquiries and Applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an e-mail to or call +44 (0)1962 827023

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Programme Content

Forensic methods are a vital part of the criminal justice process, with many agencies relying on forensic detection to help solve a range of problems. The programme combines elements of criminology, psychology and archaeology to introduce students to a wide range of applied investigative techniques, grounded in both classic and contemporary theoretical perspectives.

Subject areas include techniques of forensic investigation, miscarriages of justice in the criminal justice system and forensic psychology.

In Year 1, students are introduced to the core conceptual, theoretical, ethical and practical debates within forensic studies and build the foundation of core skills to enable students to engage with Years 2 and 3.

The second year of the programme introduces specific forensic science practices, such as DNA analysis, in ore detail and teaches students about key forensic roles, such as forensic anthropology, odontology and the role of forensic medical examiners.

In the final year of the programme, students implement their knowledge and understanding through a number of projects and appreciate the complexities involved in collecting and presenting forensic evidence through a series of practical activities.

Practical sessions complement this theoretical focus, allowing students to engage with particular forensic techniques. Students come to understand forensics as an interdisciplinary field where several subject areas converge to create a dynamic area of study.


Year 1

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Trace EvidenceForensic Biology
  • Introduction to Criminology 1
  • History of Forensic Science
  • Academic and Employment Skills
  • Police and Police Work
  • Conceptualising Crime 1

Year 2

  • Forensic Medicine
  • Criminological Research
  • DNA Evidence
  • Criminological Investigation
  • Marks and Damage
  • Crime Media and Culture
  • Fakes and Forgeries
  • Forensic Archaeology

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Forensic Imaging
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Presenting Forensic Evidence
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Professional Development: Planning for Employment

Learning and Teaching

The University aims to shape confident learners by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market.  Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge.

Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.


At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


Graduates find work in a variety of Criminal Justice agencies and related employment fields. These include the police service, the prison service, youth and probation work and government research units, such as the Home Office.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?
At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


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Combined Honours programmes enable you to study two subjects, jointly (50% / 50%) and it is possible to transfer to a Single Honours programme at the end of Year 1.

View the course entry requirements and UCAS codes for 2015 entry

Additional Information

Student satisfaction

This is a new course and so there are currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.


Assessment is carefully tailored to the aims and learning outcomes of the course with a wide range of assessment types that include written reports, essays and the undertaking of research projects. The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.


As a new course there are no data on graduate employment figures. Nevertheless, graduates in Forensic Studies can expect to find employment in a wide range of criminal justice and related professions based on the research and critical thinking skills they will develop on the course. In addition, students will undertake specific modules designed to enhance their employability after they graduate.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, the data need to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

Key Information Sets for this course:

These are the Single Honours Key Information Sets for the combination programmes. Please note combined honours programmes enable you to study two subjects jointly (50% / 50%). Explore the courses pages further for information on the other subject.

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