BA (Hons) Forensic Studies

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.

BA (Hons) Forensic Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: F410

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2016 Entry: 260-300 points

2017 Entry: 104-120 points 

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing).

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years) 

International Students

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900

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Additional Costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):



Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Students can contribute to and experience real-world criminology in action through experience on the Innocence Project, working on live cases where the appeals system has been exhausted.


The University has a Crime and Justice Research Centre.

Student satisfaction:

95% of students in work/study six months after finishing (

Pre-approved for a Masters:

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.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

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.

The programme develops students' ability to employ the research and analytical skills necessary to critically evaluate social and institutional contexts and differentiate between the theory and practice of forensic science. Students gain experience of making and presenting arguments, understand how to collect data to answer research questions and learn the conventions associated with good academic practice. The development of excellent written and oral communication skills is embedded throughout via a variety of learning, teaching and assessment methods.

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

The programme begins by introducing students to the broad scope of forensic science practice, the development of scientific method and theoretical perspectives that are used to understand crime and offenders. As students progress through the programme they encounter increasingly specialised areas of practice that engage forensic scientists. In their final year students undertake their own research project in the form of their dissertation.

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 more 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, 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
  • Academic and Employment Skills
  • History of Forensic Science
  • Introduction to Criminology 1: Perceptions and Perspectives
  • Trace Evidence
  • Forensic Biology
  • Police and Police Work
  • Key Thinkers and Themes in Conceptualising Crime

Year 2

  • Forensic Medicine
  • DNA Evidence
  • Crime Media and Culture
  • Criminological Investigation: Miscarriages of Justice/Innocence Project
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Criminological Research
  • Fakes and Forgeries
  • Evidence of Marks and Damage

Year 3

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

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

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.

Students on the Forensic Studies programme undertake many different learning and teaching activities including lectures, practical classes, seminar discussions, group discussions and debates, guided study exercises, independent learning, problem solving exercises, guest speakers, individual tutorials, and project supervision. Teaching activities are designed to help students relate theory to practice and draw relevant connections with the contemporary context of forensic science.

Throughout the programme teaching encourages critical thinking and analysis in approaches to thinking about forensics. Specific provision is made for students to develop academic skills, and staff are available to answer student queries on all aspects of their studies. As students progress through the programme they are encouraged to become increasingly autonomous as learners, thereby equipping them to act independently both in their studies and beyond university. 

Teaching team

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

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.

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.


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.

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Please note the combinations listed above are for 2016 entry only.

Combined Honours programmes enable you to study two subjects jointly (50% / 50%) - 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 2016 entry

Course Enquiries and Applications

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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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