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The role of analytical science in forensic investigations is becoming increasingly important due to the major developments in analytical chemistry and advances in molecular biology. Forensic Science involves the analysis of biological chemical or physical samples collected as evidence during a criminal investigation. The skills of the forensic scientist provide crucial scientific evidence which may link a suspect with the scene of the crime, the victim or the weapon. In addition, the key problem solving and analytical skills developed in forensic & analytical science are widely sought after in many other industrial sectors including the oil, gas, pharmaceutical and food industries. Our course was the first in Scotland to be accredited by the Forensic Science Society. It is accredited in all three of the Society’s Component Standards – Laboratory Analysis, Crime Scene Investigation, and Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence. It is delivered by highly experienced forensic practitioners and analytical scientists who are focused on providing you with the scientific and investigative skills you will need to succeed in this highly competitive profession.
Chemistry for Life Sciences Biology for Life Sciences Introduction to Crime Scene and Forensic Techniques Applied Microbiology Analytical Techniques for Life Sciences Biomolecular Science Practical Skills for Life Sciences Year 2 Analytical Science 1 Forensic Biology Forensic Examination & Analysis Legal Framework Analytical Science 2 Anthropology Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Year 3 Analytical Chemistry Forensic Genetics Trace Evidence Analysis Fire, Explosions And Firearms Forensic Toxicology And Substances Of Abuse Spectral Analysis and Interpretation Physical And Inorganic Chemistry Year 4 Advanced Analytical Techniques Project DNA Technologies Interpretation, Evaluation And Presentation Of Evidence Oilfield Chemicals or Law Option The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information
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A diverse range of opportunities within the Scottish Police Services Authority and Forensic Science Laboratories are available, including scene examination, fire investigation, laboratory analysis and health and safety. Alternatively, a number of students opt for careers in industry (including pharmaceutical, oil and biotechnology), for which employment prospects are particularly good, and police graduate entry. Postgraduate study in specialist forensic disciplines and teaching are other routes many of our graduates choose to take. There are also opportunities for students to pursue forensic and analytical research at the University, for example in anti-fraud technology, advances in DNA technologies and drugs and toxicology.